Men's Basketball Topped by Farmingdale State in Reading Classic

Reading, PA (11/21/08) – Senior Richard Brown (Newark, NJ / Newark Tech) and sophomore Sean Young (Scotch Plains, NJ / SP-Fanwood) each scored 10 points, however Farmingdale State put four players in double figures as the Rams downed Montclair State, 72-60 in the opening round of the Reading Wyndham Classic on Friday evening.

Sophomore James Williams ( Englewood, NJ / Dwight Morrow) faded nine points and four rebounds as the Red Hawks (0-3) will face John Jay in the consolation game of the tournament on Saturday, November 22 at 6:00 pm. It will be the second straight year that the two will meet in a consolation game. Last year, John Jay recorded a 72-62 victory in the Castle Classic at Manhattanville College.

Jon Georges ( West Orange, NJ / St. Peter’s Prep) gave Montclair State a 16-15 lead with 11:06 to play as he connected on a short jumper. However the Rams would score 10 of the next 14 points in the game to take the lead for good. Erastus Shannon hit to free throws to put Farmingdale in front and Damien Santana’s basket made it 18-16. Williams tied the game with a jumper at 9:49 but Nikita Davis answered an Santana buried a three-pointer with 8:18 remaining as the Rams led 23-18.

Montclair State would close the gap getting within a point on two occasions, the last coming with 5:05 to play as Georges scored to make it 27-26. But Davon Jackson scored twice and Joe Cammarata hit a layup before Daniel Philips hit from three-point range as Farmingdale boosted its lead to 35-28 with 2:57 to play before halftime.

Trailing 39-31 at halftime, a Young basket pulled Montclair within 48-43 with 12:55 left. But the Rams answered with 12-2 run to go up 60-45 with 7:12 left on two foul shots by Cammarata. MSU would only get as close as nine the rest of the way.

Georges, Dudley and freshman Paul Siljee (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) each finished with seven points for MSU, which shot 39 percent (25-of-63) from the field. Junior Daniel McRae ( Orange, NJ / Newark Tech) grabbed a team-best six rebounds while John Byrne ( East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick) had five points, five rebounds and five assists.