Las Vegas, NV: Thomas Bonacum posted a team high 21 points as the Ramapo College men's basketball team extended their win streak to 11 games with a 77-62 victory over Gustavus Adolphus College today at the 7th Annual D3hoops.com Classic.
The Roadrunners improve to 11-0 overall while the Gusties fall to 2-7 overall. Bonacum led the Roadrunners in the game as he shot 9-12 from the free throw line and 6-13 from the floor. Cory Soanes recorded a double-double, 19 points and ten rebounds including a team high five steals in 27 minutes played off the bench. Patrick Peterson added 11 points and five rebounds while Sultan Aminu posted nine points and five rebounds. Ramapo posted 44 points in the paint and 25 points off of Gustie turnovers. Ramapo shot 44% (25-59) from the floor, 28% (2-7) from the three-point line and 69% (23-33) from the free throw line. The Roadrunners out rebounded the Gusties 43-36 in the game.
Ramapo got on the board first in the game as Josh Ford and Bonacum tallied back-to-back baskets in the first minute of play for a quick 4-0 lead. The Roadrunners would tie the game for the fourth time on a jumper from Soanes 18-18 with just under 11 minutes to play in the half sparking a 10-0 run. The run was capped off by a steal and layup from Soanes putting Ramapo up 26-18 with 7:39 on the clock. The Gusties would cut the lead to three on a three-pointer from Charlie Krambeer before Ramapo took their biggest lead of the half 38-25 with less than two minutes to go as Soanes once again posted a layup. Ramapo went into the locker room up 40-30 and never looked back in the second half. The Gusties could only cut the Ramapo lead to nine four times in the first four minutes of the second half. The Roadrunners biggest lead came with 3:02 left in the game as they led by 21 points when Bonacum grabbed a dish from Nick Stanek for a layup and a 77-56 lead.
Riley Sharbono led the Gusties with 16 points while Benjamin Lies added ten points of his own. The team shot 38% (22-57) from the floor, 25% (6-24) from the three-point line and 63% (12-19) from the free throw line.
The Roadrunners look to extend their win streak when they return to action on January 4th at NJAC rival Rutgers-Camden University for an 8pm game.
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