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Stockton advances to NJAC Final with win over TCNJ

Stockton (5-3) will advance to their second straight NJAC final after defeating The College of New Jersey (7-1) 65-58.

Last season Stockton suffered a tough loss to TCNJ in the 2020 NJAC final but the Osprey’s got their revenge on Friday, knocking TCNJ out of the tournament. 

Luciano Lubrano led the Ospreys in scoring with 16 points, sinking three three-pointers. Kyion Flanders registered a double-double scoring 10 points and grabbing a career high 10 rebounds. Sophomore Nick Duncsak also hit double figures contributing 10 points. 

Stockton were aggressive on the defensive side of the ball totaling 19 points off of 20 TCNJ turnovers. The Ospreys sank 10 three-pointers while TCNJ had a rough night from behind the arc shooting 5-25 (20%). 

After falling behind 7-0 in the first 3 minutes of the game, the Ospreys turned it on and took control for the remainder of the first half. Behind Lubrano and Flanders scoring, Stockton closed out the half on a 18-7 run to take a 35-24 lead into the break.

Coming out of the half, Duncsak sank consecutive three pointers to extend Stockton’s lead to 18 points. Over the next 15 minutes of the half, TCNJ slowly chipped away at the lead outscoring the Ospreys by 18 to bring the game to a 58-58 tie with 2:34 remaining. 

On the following possession, Tariq Baker sank a three pointer to give Stockton a 61-58 lead. TCNJ missed their final 5 shots while the Ospreys scored their last four at the charity strike to seal a 65-58 win. 

PJ Ringel led TCNJ in scoring with 14 points while teammate Anthony Dicaro totaled 12 points. 

Stockton will visit No.2 seed New Jersey City for the NJAC final next Friday, March 19 at 8 p.m. Stockton and NJCU split the 2 game set earlier in the season, with a 85-73 win from Stockton and a 67-65 victory from New Jersey City.