The Richard Stockton College men’s basketball team’s run in the NCAA Division III tournament ended in the Sweet 16 on Friday night.

Morrisville State College (N.Y.) pulled away from the Ospreys late in the second half and won 88-81 in Amherst, Mass.

The loss ended Stockton's 10-game winning streak and the New Jersey Athletic Conference champions finished their season 25-5.

The Ospreys opened the game on a 9-0 run, but Morrisville slowly closed the gap and took a 40-38 lead into halftime. Stockton had a brief 42-41 lead in the beginning of the second half, but Morrisville advanced to the tournament’s Elite 8.

Stockton won its first two NCAA tournament games last weekend at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa. The Ospreys beat Bowdoin (Maine) 72-66 on Friday and Cabrini 85-76 on Saturday.

They earned an automatic tournament bid after winning the NJAC title, defeating William Paterson at home in Galloway Township 65-44 on March 1.

But winning the NJAC wasn’t the only highlight for the Ospreys this season.

Stockton coach Gerry Matthews was named the conference Coach of the Year for the ninth time in his 28-year career.

Stockton has won seven NJAC championships and has 14 NCAA tournament appearances, including two Final Four berths (1987, 2009) under Matthews.

Three Stockton players also earned year-end NJAC awards.

Senior guard Rameel Johnson was named the NJAC Defensive Player of the Year. Junior forward Josh Blamon was selected to the NJAC first team, senior Nnamdi Usuwa was voted to the second team and Johnson earned an honorable mention distinction.

Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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