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College: Rutgers Men/Women basketball teams off to fast starts

11/25/2019, 8:45pm EST
By Mike Ballard, Rutgers Camden Sports Information

Men off to best start in five years after beating CCNY; women hold off Arcadia to stay unbeaten

Destin’s double-double lifts Rutgers-Camden men past CCNY

NEW YORK, N.Y. (Nov. 23, 2019) – Isaac Destin left his imprint all over the latest victory for the Rutgers University-Camden men’s basketball team, from start to finish.

The Scarlet Raptors’ senior forward collected a game-high 28 points and a game- and career-high 17 rebounds as Rutgers-Camden outlasted the City College of New York, 73-68, in a non-conference game here Saturday. 

The win lifts the Scarlet Raptors to 3-1 for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign, already passing their win total from last season’s 2-23 record. The Beavers fall to 0-4.

Destin shot 11-for-19 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the foul line on his way to 28 points, only five shy of his career high. He also hauled down 17 rebounds, passing his old high of 14 against Rutgers-Newark on Dec. 9, 2017. The double-double marked his second of the season and pushed his career outputs to 901 points and 420 rebounds. He added two blocks, one assist and one steal.

Arian Azemi finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and a team-high four assists, while tying for the team high with two steals. Jake Petrik collected 10 points, three rebounds and three assists, and junior guard Terrance Harris canned eight points and added two steals and one assist.

Junior forward Ian McCarthy hauled down eight rebounds, all off the defensive boards, as Rutgers-Camden held a 42-32 advantage off the glass. McCarthy added three assists, one steal and one block.

CCNY received 16 points, seven rebounds and a game-high six assists from senior guard Romello Rashad. Freshman guard Yassine Sakhi scored 15 points for the Beavers, while senior forward Isaiah Denard notched 11 and sophomore forward Daniel Piszczatowski scored 10. Williams collected a game-high six steals.

Rutgers-Camden shot 29-for-62 (46.8 percent) from the floor, while CCNY was 25-for-61 (41.0).

The Scarlet Raptors open their New Jersey Athletic Conference season on Tuesday with an 8 p.m. game at Rowan University.

Rutgers-Camden women tie mark by raising record to 4-0

CAMDEN, N.J. (Nov. 23, 2019) – The Rutgers University-Camden women’s basketball team built a 13-point second-half lead, saw Arcadia University whittle its deficit to one point and hung on to defeat the Knights, 59-55, here Saturday afternoon in the Scarlet Raptors’ home opener.

The win lifts Rutgers-Camden to 4-0, tying the best start in program history, which now has been accomplished four times – during the 1981-82, 1991-92 and 2016-17 seasons before this year. The Raptors will try to set a new program standard Tuesday when they open their New Jersey Athletic Conference schedule with a 6 p.m. game at Rowan University.

The loss snapped Arcadia’s three-game winning streak, dropping the Knights to 3-3 this season.

Fatimah Williams finished with a game-high 20 points for Rutgers-Camden, while adding a game-high 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the year. The 10 rebounds tied a career high, accomplished three previous times.

Tamara Johnson tied her career scoring high with 16 points, set against Penn State-Lehigh Valley on Nov. 15, and Shane Holmes finished with 13 points and team-high totals of five assists and four steals.

Arcadia received 19 points, four steals and a game-high six assists from Dunn. Makowski added 11 points.

Rutgers-Camden shot 20-for-55 (36.4 percent) from the floor, including 7-for-18 (38.9) from three-point range. Johnson had four treys, while Holmes added three. The Raptors also were 12-for-17 (70.6) from the foul line, led by Williams, who shot 8-for-11 from the charity stripe.

Arcadia shot 17-for-49 (34.7) from the floor, including 5-for-16 (31.3) from three-point range. The Knights were 16-for-19 (84.2) from the foul line.

Arcadia held a 38-31 advantage off the boards, but also made four more turnovers than Rutgers-Camden (18-14).

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