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Ramapo College remains undefeated at 5-0

Coming off the Thanksgiving break, Ramapo College Roadrunners men’s basketball returned to action with their home opener at the Bradley Center against Medgar Evers College. Both teams’ shot extremely well in the first half as the Roadrunners took a 46-37 lead into the locker room. Medgar Evers shot 7 of 16 from beyond the arc.

In the second half Ramapo College’s tenacious full court press wreaked havoc leading to points off turnovers including a 13-0 run as the Roadrunners cruised to a 107-72 victory. Junior forward Thomas Bonacum led the team with a team-high 18 points as three other players also scored in double digits.

“The were not a deep team and hung around early but just totally wore them down and kind of pulled away as we moved on,” said Head Coach Chuck McBreen. “A good win for us to get ready for conference play.”

On Wednesday, the Roadrunners traveled to Montclair State for an NJAC game and after a slow start in the beginning Ramapo College found its stride building a double-digit lead only to see the Redhawks trim the margin to 39-31 lead at halftime. A quick 6-0 spurt by the Roadrunners to open the second half only got bigger as Ramapo cruised to an 86-58 victory improving to 5-0 on the season. Junior forward Christopher Moseley led the squad in scoring with 22 points and depth of bench play factored with three other players scoring 10m points or more.

“We went into Montclair State and had a great second half,” said Chuck McBreen. “We have been fortunate our pressure has been pretty good and wear people down. A the game moves along and teams’ get tired and passing starts to become lazier we get some deflections and points off turnovers and gave us some juice to put people away and been a plus for us so far.”

“Both Thomas and Christopher are third-year starters and know what it takes to be successful. Our guys are so unselfish and any of these on a different night could be leading us. We’re not going to be a one player team and makes this team special and you just can’t key in on one player because so many guys can beat you. We’re getting really good bench play and felt one of our strengths from the beginning was our depth and only proved to be true in first 5 games.”

The Roadrunners return to action on Saturday facing off against Stockton University with tip-off set for 1:00 p.m. at the Bradley Center.

“A big game against the three-time defending champions and every time we play them it’s a war,” said Chuck McBreen. “We have beaten them three of the last four times and big rivalry for us and if we want to take another step forward towards being a champion and solidify ourselves as one of the top teams’ in the conference it’s a game on our home court and we got to try to take care of business. We’re stepping up in competition on Saturday and until someone knocks them off their throne they are the team to beat.”

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Sunil Sunder Raj

Since July of 2014 Sunil Sunder Raj has been with In The Zone. Sunil has experience covering minor league baseball, high school and college sports. A beat writer for the Rockland Boulders for six years, Ramapo College men’s basketball for four years, NJIT men’s basketball and Seton Hall women’s basketball. Now focusing on feature articles about athletes, coaches and sports media professionals. A graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
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