win gave the Scarlet Raiders (12-9, NJAC 5-4) a split of their
regular-season series with the Red Hawks (12-9, NJAC 5-4), leaving the
squads level in the race for one of three North Division berths for the
upcoming NJAC Championship Tournament with just four games remaining.
Freshman guard Tom Bonard (Westfield, NJ/Westfield),
who scored a game-high 17 points to go along with four assists and four
rebounds, hit a jumper to give Montclair State a 42-38 lead with 14:56
left just before Rutgers-Newark erupted.
Joining Barnes and Valdez in the spree were sophomore guard James Johnson (Summit, NJ/Summit), who netted seven of his 14 points, as well as junior forward David Cherry (Linden, NJ/Roselle Catholic) and sophomore forward Deshawn Singleton (Passaic, NJ/Passaic) who chipped in five points apiece during the 11-minute run.
who hit four of five shots from beyond the arc in the opening period,
drained three treys in the final 3:03 of the opening half as the Red
Hawks capped the period with a 13-5 spurt which gave them a 33-32 lead
at intermission. Freshman guard James Williams (
Junior center Afolabi Ajumobi (
Cherry finished with nine points, four assists and a game-high 12 rebounds as Rutgers-Newark dominated the glass, 51-38. Singleton posted a double-double with a dozen points and 10 rebounds while adding three assists. Held scoreless for the night, sophomore forward Phil Barnes (Middlesex, NJ/Middlesex) hauled down 10 rebounds, dished off three assists, blocked two shots and made two steals.
Carlos Pena (Clifton, NJ / Clifton) and Ryan Washington (Edison, NJ / JP Stevens) each had eight points for MSU, which returns home to Panzer Gymnasium for its final NJAC inter-divisional matchup on Saturday, February 9. Montclair State will face Rowan University at 4:00 pm.