Stockton 95, Rutgers-Camden 73
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) _ Rutgers-Camden broke the NCAA record for consecutive losses by a men’s basketball team Wednesday by dropping its 48th straight, a 95-73 loss to Richard Stockton College.
It was clear from the outset that Rutgers-Camden (0-12) would set the mark. Stockton (6-4), taking advantage of its superior height and speed, took a 17-3 lead nearly six minutes into the game and never trailed.
Rutgers-Camden’s sister school, Rutgers-Newark, held the previous record of 47 losses from 1983-85. Rutgers-Camden won its last game on Jan. 18, 1992 with a 77-73 win over Ramapo College.
In the NAIA, the University of Dallas lost 86 straight from 1985-88.
″We’re not losers,″ coach Greg Ackles said. ″I don’t like it. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. But we have to take something positive from it and keep growing.″
″We gave it our best,″ said Anthony Johnson of Rutgers-Camden, who scored 14 points. ″We are motivated. We have to take it as a learning experience and keep going.″
Stockton dominated its New Jersey Athletic Conference opponent underneath the boards while building a 48-31 halftime lead.
″We have compassion for them,″ Stockton coach Gerald Matthews said. ″But we don’t want it to happen to us. They played hard, but they played only five or six people. It’s hard to keep up the intensity.″
Rutgers-Camden was not short on effort throughout the game. Early in the second half, team captain Cetshwayo Byrd dove for a ball and fell over the scorers table. He was taken out of the game, but he returned several minutes later.
Raymond Gaines scored 19 points to lead Stockton and William Ginipro scored 23 for Rutgers-Camden.
While Rutgers-Camden usually does not have media at its home games, more than 10 reporters and photographers showed up to see the school set the new record.
About 100 people attended the game and most of the crowd cheered the Pioneers even during the last few seconds. A few hardy fans would even shake their keys when Rutgers-Camden would score.
Davina Mitchell, a member of the women’s team, has gone to every men’s game this season.
″I feel bad, they work hard,″ said the 21-year-old junior. ″They seem to be so close, but they lose. They’ll win next time. They will. I know it.″