Men’s basketball moves to NJAC quarterbacks after Rutgers-Camden home blowout
JERSEY CITY, NJ – The University of New Jersey City men’s basketball team, seeded No. 7 in the 2021-22 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) tournament, hosted the 10th seed Rutgers-Camden at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center (JMAC) Saturday afternoon, Feb. Green and gold now advance to the quarterfinals on Tuesday night, February 22 for a 7:30 p.m. tip at second seed Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ NJCU has nearly passed faculty in both meetings this year – an 89- 84 defeat in South Jersey on January 5 and a thrilling 107-104 loss at home on February 9 – and look to overcome the hump next week to advance to the semi-finals.
The Gothic Knights (12-14, 8-10 NJAC) set the tone early on against the Scarlet Raptors (1-21, 1-15 NJAC) and took an 11-0 lead with 15:28 left in the game. first half. . Senior striker Kayton Darley (North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) has scored five in that run, while the sophomore forward Ryan Savoy (Lakewood, NJ/Lakewood) had a pair of jumpers in the way. Rutgers-Camden turned their game around then and eventually went five-point, 13-8 with 11:02 remaining until the break. Jersey City then took a 14-point lead several times in the opener and held that double-digit advantage throughout the first 20 minutes.
To start the second, NJCU widened its lead to 26 points at 55-29 with 10:52 remaining, after a 14-2 run starting at 16:47. During this streak, the Gothic Knights were 5 of 7 from the floor and 4 of 4 from the foul line. They received points from five different players, led by four each from Savoy and the junior guard Derryen Whyte (Irvington, NJ/Union) – the latter finished with 18 points tied for 7 of 11 from the floor in just 22 minutes played.
In full control, Jersey City were able to play their entire 13-man squad that day and eventually took a 31-point lead at 80-49 with 00:41 remaining before claiming the 28-point victory. First-year student Corey Manning-Floyd (Jersey City, NJ/Snyder) led the Gothic Knights with six game-tying rebounds to go with five points in 13 minutes on the floor. Second year guard Jayvin Irby (South Orange, NJ/The Patrick School) shot down five career-best tips and was 5 of 6 from the line that day. second striker Kamaal Cox (Brooklyn, NY/Hillside) saw six minutes of action off the bench and was 2 of 2.
After suffering their first loss to the Scarlet Raptors since Feb. 18, 2015, earlier this season, the Gothic Knights are back in the win column and have now won 13 of their last 14 against Rutgers-Camden. Overall, Jersey City capitalized on the Scarlet Raptors’ mistakes and outscored them 25-8 in points on turnovers. Additionally, NJCU outshot Rutgers-Camden 19-7 on the offensive boards and finished with a 20-5 advantage in second-chance points.
– Darley finished with 11 points and four boards.
– Tri-Captain Senior Guard Denzel Banks (Newark, NJ/East Orange Campus) rounded out double-digit scorers for NJCU with 10 points and tied the game high with six rebounds.
– Savoy had eight points (perfect 4 of 4 from the floor) to go with two boards.
– Tri-Captain Senior Guard Wonderful Akingbala (Union, NJ/Union) drained a late three and finished with a career-best game and three interceptions in 18 minutes off the bench.
As mentioned, Jersey City returns to action Tuesday night against Rowan, looking to advance to the NJAC Tournament Semifinals.