The New Jersey men's basketball team held their first home game in program history on Tuesday, welcoming USCAA rival Central Penn College to the Fleischer Center on the campus of NJIT.
Central Penn came into the game defending an impressive 18-9 record in 2010 and the game was tightly contested throughout the first half, with Central Penn taking a 40 to 35 lead into the locker rooms.
Poor foul shooting would doom the Knights in the second half as they failed to capitalize on early foul troubles for Penn, shooting just 47.2% for the game, 17 for 36. Penn would push out to a commanding 15 point lead before the Knights would cut it back down to 9 midway through the second half. Penn, however, would capitalize where the Knights couldn't, at the free throw line, shooting an impressive 80.6% from the line in the second half converting 25 of 31 free throw attempts to secure the win, 93 to 77.
The Knights were led by center Terah Mingo (Kearny Christian/Newark, NJ) with 20 points and 4 rebounds and forward Davonn Boyd (Kearny Christian/Newark, NJ) with 11 points.
The Knights now head to Southern Maine for the weekend for the first USCAA Invitational Tip Off Tournament held by Southern Maine CC.