Stockton University (5-4) who dominated the majority of the game, blew a 21 point lead and fell to New Jersey City University (7-1) 79-77 on a three-pointer at the buzzer.
This is the second year in a row that Stockton has fallen short of an NJAC championship. In their third meeting of the year, NJCU edged Stockton to take home the title.
Tariq Baker led the Ospreys in scoring totaling 20 points and shooting 4-8 from downtown. DJ Campbell also had the hot hand from behind the arc knocking down three three-pointers and totaling 19 points. Campbell also grabbed 7 boards.
The game started slow as the first basket was not scored until 2:37 into the game. The Osprey’s fell behind 7-2 early but turned it on and went on a 29-4 run over the next 7 minutes of the quarter. Stockton kept their foot on the gas for the rest of the half as they took a 45-31 lead into the break.
The Ospreys were red hot from the three point line shooting 8-16 (50%). Campbell and Baker knocked down three three-pointers each leading the offense in a productive first half. Stockton also cleaned the glass out rebounding NJCU 26-16.
Coming out of the half, Stockton picked up right where they left off. Going on a 10-0 run to give them their biggest lead of the game at 57-36.
With 12 minutes left in the contest, Stockton still held a 20 point lead at 64-44. From there on out, the game was not in favor of the Ospreys.
NJCU slowly closed the gap to 6 points with 5 minutes to go. Stockton got back to a 10 point lead shortly after, but NJCU would not go away and were only down by a single point with 22 seconds remaining.
The Ospreys could have extended their lead to three with 13 seconds remaining, but failed to make either of their free throws. After NJCU got the ball back, Kayton Darely found himself open behind the three point line and drained the game winning shot at the buzzer to lift New Jersey City to a 79-77 victory.
This is the second year in a row that Stockton has fallen short in the NJAC Championship game. After a promising season, the Ospreys will look to bounce back next season and get another shot at the NJAC title.