Milosevic records sixth double-double of the season (21pts, 11 rebounds)
Feb. 13, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - NJIT junior forward Nesho Milosevic posted his sixth double-double of the season recording 21 points, 11 rebounds as LaSalle topped NJIT 87-65 Wednesday night in men's basketball action.
Senior captain Kraig Peters, who started his 100th career game, added 13 points and five rebounds while shooting 8-for-12 from the free throw line.
La Salle's sophomore guard Rodney Green scored 14 points to lead five double-figure scorers for the Explorers.
The Explorers, who compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference, which annually produces Top 25 teams, had too much depth and too much athleticism for the Highlanders, who did well executing their game plan, especially in the first half before eventually slipping back.
La Salle's superior depth was reflected in the five double-figure scorers, two of whom came off the bench and none of whom played more than 30 minutes. The athleticism was reflected in a remarkable 14 blocked shots.
Green was supported in the scoring by his starting backcourt partner, Darnell Harris, who finished with 13 points. Starting forward Paul Johnson scored 11 points, while Kimani Barrett and Sherman Diaz came off the bench for 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Three Explorers finished with six rebounds apiece, while Diaz, a 6-foot-4 senior, blocked six NJIT shots.
The 21 points and 11 rebounds from Milosevic were game-high. Peters was the only other double-figure scorer for NJIT, however,
Highlander sophomore center Dan Stonkus matched his career high with five blocked shots.
The Highlanders, who were badly outrebounded (44-25) in last season's 78-59 loss at La Salle, held their own this season, with Milosevic's 11 rebounds leading NJIT to a 40-40 standoff in team total rebounds.
La Salle started off the game 5-0 and 10-3, but the Highlanders maintained their composure and fought back to within a point of the lead, 16-15, on a dunk by Milosevic with 12:55 left in the first half.
It was a two-point game, 24-22, with NJIT down two after Justin Garris made his only three-point basket of the game with 9:30 left. But La Salle's Darryl Partin then scored two layups and Barrett made two free throws, giving the Explorers an eight-point separation at 7:08.
NJIT trimmed the deficit to five points two more times, but the gap was still eight, 38-30, when Milosevic scored what would be the Highlanders' last points of the half with 3:09 left.
Johnson scored a basket five seconds later and Diaz and Harris each added three-pointers, staking the Explorers to a 16-point halftime lead, 46-30.
While La Salle was doubling its lead in the last three minutes of the half, NJIT squandered a chance to be closer by missing three free throws, including a front end of a one-and-one. The Highlanders also committed three turnovers and did not get a shot from the field in their three-minute lapse that ended the half.
La Salle's Barrett was the game's leading scorer at halftime, with 10 points. Johnson, Harris and Partin all had eight points each. NJIT's scoring leader was Milosevic, with nine.
Milosevic, who played all 20 minutes in the first half, went to the bench when he picked up his third foul and then his fourth, both within the first 2:50 of the second half. He ended up playing 13 minutes in the second half.
He left with NJIT trailing by 14 points, but with their top scoring threat off the floor, the Highlanders managed just nine points in the first 11-plus minutes of the second half and by then they trailed, 65-39.
The game was out of reach, but the Highlanders outscored La Salle, 26-22, over the last 8:06.
Next up for NJIT is the season's final home game, a 4 pm Senior Day contest against Chicago State in the Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center.
That game is part of a marathon day in the Fleisher Athletic Center. The women's basketball alumnae game will begin at 11 am and the current NJIT women will host Savannah State at 2 pm. The Highlander men will take on Chicago State in the start scheduled for 4 pm and the NJIT men's volleyball team will entertain George Mason at 8 pm in a key Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tait Division match.