Men's Basketball Falls to Widener in Season Opener

Wilkes-Barre, PA (11/15/08) - Senior Matt Sosna (Stratford, NJ)scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half for No. 7 Widener, which overcame a 15-point second-half deficit for a 60-56 season-opening win over Montclair State at the Ramada Inn/Monarch Classic on Saturday evening.

Sophomore Sean Young ( Scotch Plains, NJ / SP-Fanwood) scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting for Montclair State (0-1), which will face New York City Tech in the Consolation Game of the tournament on Sunday.

Senior Charles Jones ( Philadelphia, PA) nailed a jumper with 2:59 left to bring Widener to a 54-54 tie.  After the Red Hawks’ Ryan Washington missed a dunk, Sosna went the other way and hit a jumper with 2:15 remaining for a 56-54 cushion.

Jones hit 1-of-2 from the line with one minute left for a 57-54 margin and the Pride had to survive missed 3-pointers from Ken Dudley ( Willingboro, NJ / Burlington Tech) and John Byrne (East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick).  Jones found himself with the ball again in the clutch, making 1-of-2 from the stripe with 25 seconds left for a four-point game.

Young made a layup for Montclair State as he was fouled with 18 seconds remaining for a 58-56 contest.  But he missed the free throw and the rebound went to Sosna, who canned two from the line with 16 seconds left for the final margin.

Sosna shot 5-of-7 overall from the floor, 9-of-10 from the stripe and grabbed eight rebounds over 30 minutes for Widener (1-0).  Jones scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting and senior Nyere Miller ( Washington, DC) hit three 3-pointers for nine points.

Dudley finished with nine points for the Red Hawks while James Williams ( Englewood, NJ / Dwight Morrow) had seven points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Jon Georges ( West Orange, NJ / St. Peter’s Prep) also had seven points while sophomore Tom Bonard ( Westfield, NJ / Westfield) added six points and six assists.

The Pride were down 44-29 with 13:59 left and outscored the Red Hawks, 33-21, in the second half.