Sophomore guard John Byrne (East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick) added 14 points as the Red Hawks moved into second place in the league's North Division at 7-4 while going to 14-9 overall. MSU is a half-game ahead of Ramapo College and a full contest in front of New Jersey City and Rutgers-Newark in the division race.
The top three teams from each division qualify for the NJAC Tournament, which gets underway on February 26. MSU's also earned a split of the season set with its local rival as Montclair avenged a 69-59 loss to the Pioneers back on January 16 at Panzer Gym and also posted their first victory at William Paterson since a 70-66 triumph in the NJAC Tournament semifinals in 2003.
The win was also head coach Ted Fiore's 299th career victory. Fiore is 299-205 in his 19th season of coaching. Fiore is 148-95 in 10 seasons at Montclair State.
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MSU rode a 5-for-9 (.556) effort from beyond the arc for a 32-31 halftime lead, as neither team could build more than a four-point advantage during the first 20 minutes. The game remained tight for the first 12 minutes of the second stanza, until a pair of McCann free throws and a Williams layup made it a 52-47 Red Hawk lead with 6:16 to play.
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Each team had just 10 turnovers, but the Red Hawks were much more opportunistic, turning those mistakes into a 17-2 advantage in points off turnovers.
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The Red Hawks are now off until Wednesday, January 20 when they host New Jersey City in another pivitol conference matchup at Panzer Gymnasium beginning at 6:00 pm.