Monday, January 15, 2007
By Mike Ballard
RAPTOR OF THE WEEK
Senior guard Dane Nicholson became the 13th player in Rutgers-Camden men's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point milestone for his career when he notched 19 points at Rowan University Jan. 10. He raised his career total to 1,005 points. He passed the milestone on a three-pointer with 6:06 remaining, giving him 1,002 points. In the game he had six treys and added a career-high six assists. Nicholson also tied for game-high scoring honors with 23 points against Lincoln University Jan. 8. In two games during the week he averaged 21.0 points, five rebounds, four assists and 2.5 steals.
MEN’S BASKETBALL (4-11 overall/ 0-4 NJAC)
CYRUS D. JONES INVITATIONAL
Mon. 8 Lincoln University 96, Rutgers-Camden 62
Senior guard Dane Nicholson (Pleasantville, NJ/Holy Spirit) added his name to an exclusive club when he reached the 1,000-point milestone for his career Jan. 10 at Rowan University. Nicholson scored 19 points in the game, including a three-pointer with 6:06 remaining, which pushed his career total to 1,002. He became the 13th player in program history to reach 1,000 points and the first to do it since James Washington, who scored 1,141 points from 1995-98.
With his 19 points, Nicholson raised his career total to 1,005.
Nicholson, who also dished off a career-high six assists in the game, notched his milestone during the Scarlet Raptors' 70-60 New Jersey Athletic Conference loss to the Profs. Earlier in the week, Rutgers-Camden dropped a 96-62 decision to host Lincoln University at the Cyrus D. Jones Invitational Jan. 8.
In the loss to Rowan, the Profs overcame a nine-point first-half deficit and went on to defeat Rutgers-Camden, aided by a game-high 20 points from junior guard Matt Byrnes.
Nicholson led the Raptors with 19 points, including six three-pointers.
Rutgers-Camden led by as many as nine points (35-26) in the first half before settling for a 37-31 halftime lead. Rowan, however, rallied by scoring 11 of the first 16 points in the second half, tying the game at 42-42 on a foul shot by sophomore guard Dan Reddan with 15:07 remaining.
After the Scarlet Raptors took their last lead, 44-42, Rowan ran off 10 straight points, including the first eight by senior guard Thomas Baker. Baker and Reddan each finished with 13 points for the Profs.
In addition to Nicholson’s 19 points, Rutgers-Camden received 12 points apiece from senior guard Sydney Francis (Camden, NJ/Woodrow Wilson) and freshman guard Rory Thornton (Vauxhall, NJ/Union). Freshman guard Joshua Askew (Sicklerville, NJ/Winslow Township) added 10 points.
Francis also collected a game-high 11 rebounds for the Raptors to record a double-double. Nicholson collected a game-high and career-high six assists, while tying Askew and the Rowan duo of Byrnes and sophomore guard Billy Care with a game-high three steals.
Rowan shot 22-for-46 (47.8 percent) from the floor, while Rutgers-Camden went 21-for-57 (36.8). The Scarlet Raptors went 11-for-30 from three-point range, two treys shy of the single-game team record. Nicholson’s six treys, meanwhile, were two shy of the individual game record he shares with Tyrone Rucker and Doug Dreby.
The Raptors opened the week playing in the final game of Lincoln University’s three-team Cyrus D. Jones Invitational on Jan. 8. Facing the host club, which earlier this year scored a Division III record 201 points in a game, Rutgers-Camden dropped a 96-62 decision. Senior guard Sami Wylie scored 23 points to earn tournament MVP honors for Lincoln, which improved to 10-4.
Lincoln posted a 2-0 record in the three-team tournament, which started Jan. 6. Keystone College finished at 1-1, while Rutgers-Camden went 0-2.
The Lions also received 20 points from senior guard Thomas Lahart, while freshman guard Ja’Juan Robinson notched 14 points. Freshman forward Lavine Grimes collected a double-double with 14 rebounds and 10 points, while junior center Garrick Wooten added nine rebounds and six points. Sophomore guard Dante Blanton collected nine points and three steals. Blanton joined teammates Wylie, Robinson, Grimes and Wooten on the all-tournament team.
Lincoln, which took a 13-4 lead, never trailed in the contest. Although the Raptors scored seven straight points to cut that margin to 13-11, Lincoln answered with a 9-3 run. Lincoln led by 33-18 before the Raptors cut the gap to 38-29 by halftime. The Lions scored the first nine points of the second half to put the game away.
Nicholson tied Wylie for game-high scoring honors with 23 points. Francis had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Both Nicholson and Francis earned all-tournament honors for Rutgers-Camden.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (6-8 overall//1-3 NJAC)
Junior guard Krystal Jankowski (Somerdale, NJ/Sterling) notched her first career triple-double with game-high totals of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to power Rutgers-Camden over Rowan University, 74-67, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game Jan. 10 in Glassboro.
Jankowski’s 11 assists also tied her career high and marked the second time she had that many against Rowan. The first time came on Jan. 25, 2006.
The Scarlet Raptors went on a 40-32 second-half run to overcome a 35-34 halftime deficit. That run was sparked by Jankowski, who had 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists after the intermission.
With the second-half score tied for the third time, Jankowski sank a pair of foul shots with 9:17 remaining in the game, giving the Raptors the lead for good, 54-52. The Raptors held off the Profs down the stretch, aided by clutch foul shooting from junior guard Jennifer Williams (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City). Williams went 4-for-6 from the line, including 4-for-4 in the last six seconds, to finish with a career-high 13 points.
Junior forward Jennifer Christy (Malaga, NJ/Delsea Regional) added 15 points and four steals for the Lady Raptors, while junior guard Imani Hafiz (Franklinville, NJ/Delsea Regional) had 10 points and four steals.
For Rowan, senior forward Lauren Byrne had 13 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Susan Massara scored 11 points. Sophomore guard Brynn DeGroff collected 10 points and junior guard Kristina Wallace had nine assists for the Profs.
In the Raptors’ first game of the week, King’s College shot 11-for-19 from three-point range three treys shy of the program record they set Jan. 5 and placed three players in double figures as they defeated Rutgers-Camden, 78-55, in a non-conference game Jan. 8 in Camden.
King’s shot six treys in the opening half (in 13 attempts) while bolting to a 39-27 lead at the break. The 8-5 Lady Monarchs went 5-for-6 from three-point range in the second half as they fell three treys short of their team record of 14, set against Arcadia University in an 89-42 win Friday.
Junior guard Jenna Palumbo paced King’s with 23 points, including 7-for-10 shooting on three-point attempts.
Junior center Andrea Hochstuhl had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Monarchs, while senior forward Casey Heitman notched a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Heitman also tied junior teammate Lauren Kendra with a game-high five assists.
King’s shot 25-for-60 overall (41.7 percent), while Rutgers-Camden shot 18-for-77 (23.4). King’s also had a commanding 63-40 advantage off the boards, with five players collecting five or more rebounds.
Rutgers-Camden received 11 points and seven rebounds from Jankowski. Christy notched 10 rebounds for the Raptors, while Hafiz and freshman guard Alexis Culbreath (Sicklerville, NJ/Winslow Township) each had five steals to tie for game-high honors. Rutgers-Camden forced King’s into 28 turnovers, but it wasn’t enough to offset the Lady Monarchs’ rebounding and hot shooting.