Men's Basketball Rallies Past Rutgers-Camden, 75-73

Camden, NJ (2/2/08) Montclair State sophomore guard Ken Dudley (Willingboro, NJ/Burlington Tech) hit a pair of foul shots with 3.4 seconds remaining here Saturday afternoon as the Red Hawks rallied to beat Rutgers University-Camden, 75-73, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference men’s basketball game.

Montclair State , which trailed by as many as 13 points (58-45) with six minutes remaining, improves to 12-8 overall and 5-3 in the NJAC. The Red Hawks have won three straight games and eight of their last 11. They also have won six straight games against Rutgers-Camden and 29 of the last 30 to hold a 39-8 advantage in the all-time series.

Rutgers-Camden, which falls to 4-16 overall and 1-7 in the NJAC, built a 34-28 halftime lead and stretch the margin to 58-45 before the Red Hawks came roaring back, aided by five three-pointers in the last six minutes, including three by freshman guard Chris McCann (Sparta, NJ/Sparta).

A trey by McCann tied the game at 68-68 with 1:45 remaining before the Raptors took a 71-68 lead on a layup and a foul shot by junior forward Antoine Miller (Camden, NJ/Medical Arts) with 1:11 remaining. Dudley came down to hit another trey, tying the game with 1:01 remaining.

A layup by Miller gave the Raptors their last lead at 73-71 with 11 seconds remaining before the Red Hawks again tied the game with 10.4 seconds left on a pair of foul shots by freshman guard Tom Bonard (Westfield, NJ/Westfield).

In the closing seconds, the Raptors missed a pair of foul shots, with junior center Ryan Washington (Edison, NJ/JP Stevens) grabbing the rebound off the second miss.

Dudley was fouled with 3.4 seconds remaining and made both shots to give the Red Hawks the win.

Rutgers-Camden’s halfcourt desperation shot fell short at the buzzer.

McCann and Dudley each finished with 16 points for Montclair State, while junior forward Carlos Pena (Clifton, NJ/Clifton) added 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double.

Rutgers-Camden placed five players in double figures, led by Miller’s 13 points. Junior guard Bill Banks (Berlin, NJ/Eastern Regional), sophomore guard Joshua Askew (Philadelphia, PA/Winslow Township) and sophomore forward Alex Rislin (Union, NJ/Union) each added 12 points, while freshman forward Brandon Canty (Riverside, NJ/Riverside) scored 11.

Askew and Rislin each had six rebounds to lead the Raptors.

Montclair State shot 41.7 percent (25-for-60) from the floor for the game, including 7-for-15 (46.7 percent) from three-point range in the second half.

Rutgers-Camden shot 46.7 percent for the game (21-for-45) from the floor and held a 36-31 advantage in rebounds.