On Wednesday, Feb. 1, the Ospreys and the Scarlet Raiders’ urge to win was apparent, as both teams competed for a higher seat in the NJACs. Stockton continues to hold their place in 2nd, which—by witnessing that night’s gameplay—is difficult to defend.
Stockton trailed the game for the majority of the second half, and it required some players such as Kyion Flanders(#2) and Milo De Los Santos (#12) to hit some key three-pointers. With less than a minute to spare, Stockton was up four points and a win was likely in their favor. Yet before the Ospreys could settle down, Coach Scott Bittner was issued a technical foul with 18 seconds remaining in the entire game. The score was 74 to 68, and a Rutgers-Newark player was the one with the free throw line. The game was well within reach if a technical (possible 2 points) and an additional free throw owed to that player was made. Rutgers-Newark did not take advantage of these points and still left Stockton with a 3-point lead versus a 2-point lead. In the next possession, DJ Campbell (#4) was sent to the line, increasing Stockton’s lead by one point. The Ospreys were ultimately able to hold off the Scarlet Raiders, with the final score of 75 to 71.
Despite the challenge, this was another well-played game by the Ospreys. Even in tough situations, the team was able to step up in important points. Rutgers-Newark missed key opportunities, and the Ospreys executed in the areas their opponent lacked. Stockton shot 81.82% from the free throw line, compared to Rutgers-Newark with only 40%. If they can continue to perform under pressure, this team will go far this season. Follow the Men’s basketball on their journey using this link: https://stocktonathletics.com/sports/mens-basketball/schedule?path=mbball
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