Monday, February 13, 2006
By Mike Ballard
RAPTOR OF THE WEEK
Sophomore guard Amir Fantroyal nearly helped the Rutgers-Camden men’s basketball team register a big upset, scoring a career-high 25 points in an 86-78 home loss to Richard Stockton College Feb. 8. Fantroyal went 7-for-13 from the field, including 3-for-6 from three-point range, and hit eight of his 12 foul shots as he passed his previous high of 18 points, accomplished twice. He added six rebounds, four assists and four steals against the Ospreys. In his second game of the week, Fantroyal added 10 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in a 95-82 loss at Kean University Feb. 11.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (5-18/1-15 NJAC)
Wed. 8 Richard Stockton College 58, Rutgers-Camden 28
Wed. 15 New Jersey City University 6 p.m.
The Rutgers-Camden women’s basketball team collected watched senior guard Carmen Zimmitt (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) reach an individual milestone for games played and saw senior center Megan Rulon (Sewell, NJ/Clearview Regional) and sophomore guard Imani Hafiz (Franklinville, NJ/Delsea Regional) approach individual milestones for a season, but the Lady Raptors lost a pair of games in New Jersey Athletic Conference play last week.
Rutgers-Camden was shut down by Richard Stockton College, 58-28, in a home game Feb. 8 and the Lady Raptors dropped a 74-54 decision at Kean University Feb. 11.
Junior forward Chi Clark scored 18 points and added nine rebounds to lead the Kean over Rutgers-Camden.
The Cougars took a 31-29 halftime lead in a tight first half which saw the teams trade the lead three times. Kean opened the second half with a 14-0 run to put the game away, taking a 45-29 lead. During that run, freshman guard Ebony Jackson scored six points, while freshman guard Melissa Beyruti added four.
For the game, Beyruti finished with 17 points, while Jackson added 14 points, three assists and three steals. Sophomore center Chari’ Cooper collected 14 rebounds and a career-high six steals for Kean.
For the Lady Raptors, Rulon barely missed a triple-double, collecting game-high totals of 16 rebounds, 20 points and nine blocked shots. She raised her single-season total to 123 blocks, moving into second place on the program’s single-season charts, 11 shy of the record 134 set by Kamilah Byrd (1996-97).
Rulon, who earlier in the year passed Byrd’s old career standard of 291 blocks, raised her school record to 334. She has two games remaining to get the 11 blocks needed to tie Byrd’s single-season mark.
In addition to Rulon’s output, Hafiz had 11 points and tied Kean’s Cooper with a game-high six steals. The six steals gave Hafiz 99 for the season, putting her on the threshold of becoming only the third Lady Raptor to ever notch 100 steals in one season. The record is 142 by Cheryl Kulesa (2002-03), but Hafiz should pass the second-place total of 106 by Tamara Carey (1994-95) in her last two games.
The contest marked the 100th career game for Raptor Zimmitt, who became only the second player in program history to hit the century mark in games played. The program record is 104 games by Carey (1991-95).
The game also saw an end to the season-long streak of consecutive foul shots by Rutgers-Camden sophomore guard Miriam Lindemann (Cherry Hill, NJ/Akiba Hebrew Academy, PA). Lindemann had made all 15 of her foul shots this season before going 0-for-2 from the line Saturday.
Earlier in the week, Richard Stockton College, which entered the game 43rd nationally in scoring defense (54.1 ppg), held Rutgers-Camden to 22.0 percent shooting (11-for-50) from the floor as the Ospreys defeated the Lady Raptors, 58-28. The 28 points were the fewest by a Rutgers-Camden women’s team since an 84-26 loss at William Paterson Jan. 11, 1986.
In a slow first half with two lead changes, Stockton held a 6-5 lead midway into the half. The Ospreys built their margin to 14-11 before running off the last 12 points of the half to take a 26-11 margin into the locker room. Senior guard Danielle Walder collected seven first-half points for the Ospreys, while freshman guard Linette Johnson had seven rebounds. For Rutgers-Camden, Rulon and Zimmitt each had four first-half points.
Walder finished with a game-high 14 points, while junior guard Jenna Shenk added 12 for the Ospreys. Stockton, which held a commanding 60-34 advantage off the boards, received 12 rebounds from junior forward Alicia Morris, while junior forward Jacki Crocker added 11 boards.
Sophomore guard Jessica Rainey collected a game-high five assists and tied for game-high honors with four steals. She also added eight rebounds, three blocked shots and five points for the Ospreys.
For the Lady Raptors, Zimmitt finished with a team-high 12 points, while sophomore guards Hafiz and Krystal Jankowski (Somerdale, NJ/Sterling) each collected six rebounds. Jankowski added four assists, while Hafiz had four steals and Rulon blocked five shots.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (1-21/0-16 NJAC)
Wed. 8 Richard Stockton College 86, Rutgers-Camden 78
Wed. 15 New Jersey City University 8 p.m.
Junior guard Dane Nicholson (Pleasantville, NJ/Holy Spirit) passed the 800-point career milestone during the week and sophomore guard Amir Fantroyal (Sicklerville, NJ/Timber Creek) registered a career-high scoring output, but the Scarlet Raptors dropped a pair of New Jersey Athletic Conference games. Rutgers-Camden lost a tight 86-78 home game against Richard Stockton College Feb. 8 and dropped a 95-82 decision on the road at Kean University Feb. 11 as its losing streak extended to 18 games.
Junior guard Kevin Holmes scored 19 points to lead six players in double figures and Richard Stockton survived a second-half scare to hold off Rutgers-Camden in the opening game of the week.
The Ospreys have won their last 43 games against Rutgers-Camden, dating back to the 1983-84 season, and now hold a 51-7 lead in the all-time series.
Stockton overcame a five-point deficit (20-15) and bounced back to take a 43-35 halftime lead before seemingly taking control of the game. The visitors opened up a 15-point second-half lead on a pair of occasions, the last being at 55-40 with 16:23 remaining.
Trailing 65-52, Rutgers-Camden went on a 19-9 run to cut the gap to 74-71 on a free throw by Nicholson with 4:25 remaining. That run was led by Fantroyal, who scored eight of his game- and career-high 25 points during that span.
Stockton, however, responded with a jumper by sophomore guard Mario Lancioni and a layup by senior forward Sid Jackson to pad its lead to 78-71. The Raptors never came closer than five points the rest of the way, cutting the gap to 78-73 on a jumper by Fantroyal.
In addition to 19 points from Holmes, Stockton received 16 from Jackson, 15 from senior forward Tobias Smith and 13 from Lancioni. Sophomore forward Jon Greene and senior guard Chris Jones each added 10 points.
Stockton, which held a 45-30 advantage off the boards, received 11 rebounds apiece from Smith and Holmes.
Fantroyal had an outstanding night for the Raptors, going 7-for-13 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from three-point range, and hitting eight of his 12 foul shots. His 25 points passed his previous high of 18, accomplished against Stockton (Feb. 9, 2005) and tied against Montclair State (Feb. 4, 2006). He also added six rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Freshman guard Wayne Smalls (Camden, NJ/Medical Arts) added 19 points for the Raptors, while freshman center Antoine Miller (Camden, NJ/Medical Arts) had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Later in the week, senior forward Armet Coles Jr. went 14-for-19 from the floor to score 31 points, and also added 11 rebounds to power Kean University past Rutgers-Camden in another NJAC game.
With the Cougars clinging to a 33-32 lead with 6:10 remaining in the first half, junior guard Bryan Miller canned a three-pointer for Kean to ignite a 20-11 run. That run gave Kean a 53-43 halftime edge and the Scarlet Raptors never cut the margin below double digits in the second half.
In addition to Coles’ big game, the Cougars received 22 points and five rebounds from senior forward B.J. Hamby, while sophomore forward Bryan Keller had 16 points and a season-high six assists. Miller finished with 10 points, while senior point guard Danny Del Valle collected a career-high 10 assists.
For the Scarlet Raptors, Smalls and Nicholson each canned 20 points. Nicholson, who shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line, hiked his career total to 806 points with his big game.
Miller collected 18 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Drew Bernier (Medford, NJ/Shawnee) added 12 points. Fantroyal added 10 points for the Raptors.
at Hampden-Sydney Tournament (Hampton-Sydney, VA)
Fri. 17 at Hampden-Sydney College (VA) 3 p.m.
The Scarlet Raptors return 19 lettermen from a 28-11 squad as they open their season at the Hampden-Sydney Tournament Feb. 17, playing host Hampden-Sydney College. Hampden-Sydney is ranked No. 12 in the Collegiate Baseball pre-season Division III poll.