“If we would have made a couple of free throws we would have won.’’
The first-round victory for Essex County is the first for the Wolverines in five games at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.
“You just have to find a way to get that first one,’’ Lowery said. “I’m proud of what we have done for Essex, we want to continue to move on. It was better this year, because we had some experience of being here.’’
Joining Christopher Compas in double figures on Tuesday was Samson Akano with 20 and Rogers had 19, while Sean Mclean had five points and a game-high six assists for Essex County.
Keyon Armstrong came off the bench to lead Dean College with 21 points, while Jamal Rueben had 14 and Myrie finished with 13.
With the victory, Essex County (26-5) advances to Wednesday’s 8 p.m. quarterfinal game against Des Moines Area Community College and Dean College (21-4) is idle on Wednesday, but the next game for the Bulldogs is 9 a.m. consolation bracket game on Wednesday against the St. Louis Community College Archers.