ROSEMONT – Jamier Hughes scored 27 points with 14 rebounds for his first double-double of the season as the Ravens (1-1) flew past the Scarlet Raptors of Rutgers-Camden (0-1) by a final score of 98-74.
The Scarlet Raptors opened up a 5-2 lead early in the game, but Rosemont quickly turned things around, putting together their biggest offensive run of the game, scoring nine straight points to grab an 11-5 lead.
Rosemont extended their lead to 23-12 after a couple of free throws from Jamier Hughes with 13:06 left in the half. The Ravens maintained a lead at or around 10 points for the next seven minutes, but a slam dunk by Kyle Lafferty after a steal, put the Ravens up 37-24 with just under five minutes left before the half.
The Ravens would take a 15-point lead, but a trey from Charles Presley with 1 ½ minutes left would give them their largest lead of the contest to that point, 48-30. A three-ball from Jamier Hughes on Rosemont's last possession of the half gave the Ravens a commanding 21-point lead, 51-30 going into the locker room.
With just under four minutes played in the 2nd half, Rutgers-Camden started to whittle at Rosemont's halftime lead, narrowing the gap to 15 points, 55-40. But a quick five-point run put Rosemont up 60-40, and the Ravens would have little difficulty fighting off the Raptors after that point. Khai Roberts nailed Rosemont's second dunk of the game with 12:04 left to give Rosemont a 70-48 lead.
A three-pointer from beyond the arc from Clayton Wolfe gave Rosemont their largest lead of the game, 96-68, with 2:23 left, as the team ran out the clock to even their record at this early juncture of the season.
In addition to Hughes' double-double, Clayton Wolfe and Khai Roberts impressed with each scoring 17 points.
The Ravens turned the ball over only nine times tonight compared to the Scarlet Raptors' 24 turnovers. Rosemont scored 37 of their points off of turnovers. Rosemont's bench chipped in 28 points. The Ravens had 14 steals and 20 assists. The Ravens attempted 80 field goals compared to only 47 for Rutgers-Camden. The Ravens had 20 offensive boards compared to the Scarlet Raptors' five.
The Ravens will open up their conference schedule on Tuesday, when they will travel to Langhorne to face the Cairn Highlanders. The game is scheduled for an 8:00pm tip.