Monday, January 3, 2005
By Mike Ballard
RAPTOR OF THE WEEK
Junior forward Josh Kennedy collected his first career double-double at Rutgers-Camden with game-high totals of 30 points and 10 rebounds in a 74-69 loss at La Roche College Dec. 30. Kennedy went 13-for-17 from the floor and 4-for-5 from the foul line on the way to career highs in both categories. He also tied his career high of two blocks, while adding one steal.
The Rutgers-Camden men’s basketball team lost its only game during the holiday break, dropping a 74-69 decision at La Roche College Dec. 30 despite a phenomenal performance by junior forward Josh Kennedy (Westmont, NJ/Haddon Township).
Kennedy notched game-high and career-high totals of 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Scarlet Raptors, who fell to 1-8.
La Roche (3-5) freshman forward Devin Taylor grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a layup with 1:10 remaining in the game, giving the Redhawks the lead for good.
The Scarlet Raptors took their final lead of the night, 69-68, on a layup by Kennedy with 2:33 remaining. That layup gave Kennedy 30 points on the night, as he completed his first Rutgers-Camden double-double. Kennedy’s final points also were the final points of the night for the Scarlet Raptors, who missed two shots and committed a pair of turnovers in the final two minutes.
Taylor’s shot put the Redhawks ahead, 70-69, and La Roche closed out the scoring on a pair of foul shots apiece by senior guard Demetris Pringle and sophomore guard Stacy Grady.
Grady finished with 17 points for the Redhawks, while Taylor notched 15 and freshman guard Brent Dover added 13. Devin also paced La Roche with seven rebounds, while Dover added a game-high six assists.
In addition to Kennedy’s big game, senior guard Tyrone Rucker (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken) scored 16 points for the Scarlet Raptors. Sophomore guard/forward Dane Nicholson (Pleasantville, NJ/Holy Spirit) had nine rebounds for the Raptors, who were out-rebounded by La Roche, 31-29.
Rucker and freshman guard Amir Fantroyal (Sicklerville, NJ/Timber Creek) each had three steals for Rutgers-Camden.
Kennedy, who also tied his career high of two blocked shots in addition to his double-double, had the first 30-point game for Rutgers-Camden since Rucker scored 33 points against John Jay College Jan. 12, 2004.