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Rob Lewis drops game high 35 points and 16 rebounds in Ramapo College win over Gordon College

Fresh off two home wins at the Bradley Center including a dramatic come from behind 72-69 victory over Yeshiva University thanks to Rob McWilliams three-point buzzer beater on Wednesday night, the Ramapo College Roadrunners hit the road participating in the Rick Martin Holiday In Tournament in Westfield, Massachusetts.


“We stole a victory that night but have to give our guys credit for not giving up and being able to make unbelievable plays down the stretch, said Head Coach Chuck McBreen”


Facing off against a Gordon College squad that had scored 105 points in its first game of the year, the Roadrunners encountered some early adversity in the first half as Matt Latka left the contest with a broken hand. A nick and tuck affair that lasted the majority of the time, Rob Lewis was lights out from the perimeter shooting 6 of the 9 from the field including 3 of 3 from the charity stripe for 15 points.


Kashaun Barnes(15 points) stepped up and knocked down a couple of trifecta’s breaking a 28-28 deadlock with four minutes in change to go. Andre Morgan(12) came off the bench tallying 10 points as the Roadrunners went on a 10-0 run and eventually took a 44-34 lead into the locker room. Ramapo shot 51 percent from the field while holding Gordon to 37 percent.


Not even two minutes into the second half, the Roadrunners received another scare as Rob McWilliams went down in a heap clutching his left knee. After being down for several minutes, Williams was able to get up and walk off on his own power without any assistance from the trainers or teammates.


Displaying no signs of cooling down, Ramapo expanded the advantage to 20 points at 62-42 with 13 minutes remaining. Absolutely scalding from the field, Lewis shot 10 of 16 tallying 20 points as the Roadrunners pulled away for the 82-66 victory.


“The most complete game we have played so far, we didn’t play a full 40 minutes but limited them to 36%, 66 points and took care of the basketball for the first time, said McBreen. We killed them in the points in the paint 44-20 and we’re able to get separation at the half”


“Rob Lewis with a monster game, 35 and 16 and played like a seasoned veteran and best game so far and of his career. He is a captain and a leader and great to see him elevate his game to the level he has done


McBreen on Latka and McWilliams injuries, “Matt is heading home first thing in the morning to see an orthopedic doctor. The doctors up here saying its broken or torn. Rob was in a lot of pain and stayed down and finally got up and got back into the game. Not at full strength but able to get to the finish line and he is icing it up tonight and we will see how he is in the morning and see if he can go tomorrow”


“Kashaun with a great half and we knew Andrew Morgan was better than he showed in the past two games. With Matt Latka going down I’m going to really need him and huge for us. We will keep battling with the guys we have and other guys have to step up”


The Roadrunners will take on the host Westfield State University(2-0) in the championship game at the Woodward Center with tip-off set for 3:00 p.m. The Owls have amassed 104 and 84 points in their first two games.


“We have to really slow their transition down and defend, McBreen said. They are really good and get after it. Anytime you play the host of a tournament you don’t know what whistle you are going to get and have our work cut out and really tough and hopefully bring same effort we did tonight”

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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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