Both Rowan University basketball squads entered their respective New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Tournaments as No. 4 seeds, both hosting home games on Saturday.
The women were up first as they hosted No. 5 seed, William Paterson, followed by the men who hosted No. 5 seed, Montclair State.
Freshman guard, Alexis Kriley (Fair Lawn, NJ), scored a career high 24 points to lead the women to victory. Senior guard Anyssa Sanchez (Pine Hill, NJ) was right behind her, scoring 23 points and grabbing six rebounds.
William Paterson had four players that scored in double figures, led by guards Ashley Castillo (16 points) and Julie Rovito (15 points).
The Profs found themselves trailing by one point entering the second half. They outscored the Pioneers 32-13 to build a 64-46 advantage by the end of the third quarter. Kriley scored 12 of her 24 points in the third.
The Profs (18-8) advance to the semi-finals where they will play top-seed Montclair State (23-2) on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7pm.
After dropping the two regular season meetings, the Rowan men got some revenge against Montclair State in the NJAC Tournament first round on Saturday.
Sophomore guard Rob DePersia (Cherry Hill, NJ) led the Profs with 17 points. The Profs had five players score double figures in the game.
It was a close content for much of the game and the teams went into halftime with the score 34-31 in favor of Rowan.
Rowan used a 10-3 run to go up eight with just over seven and a half minutes remaining. From that point on, the Profs remained in control of the game.
Montclair State was led by senior Brandon Channer who contributed a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
In the end, Rowan advanced with the 81-69 victory. The Profs (17-9) now move on to play top seed Ramapo College in the semi-finals on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7pm. Montclair State finishes the season with a 13-13 record.