Men's Basketball Wins Second Straight

Staten Island, NY (11/25/08) - Sophomore Sean Young (Scotch Plains, NJ / SP-Fanwood) scored 16 points as Montclair State got seven points or more from eight different players as the Red Hawks rolled to their second straight victory downing College of Staten Island, 79-59 on Tuesday evening.

Junior guard Ken Dudley ( Willingboro, NJ / Burlington Tech) and sophomore backcourt mate James Williams ( Englewood, NJ / Dwight Morrow) each added nine points as the Red Hawks moved within a game of the .500 mark at 2-3 with the victory. MSU is now 10-2 all-time against Staten Island which includes wins in three of the last four years.

The Dolphins (0-4) jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the first four minutes as Christian Montervino connected twice from behind the arc. CSI would extend that lead to 14-7 with 12:02 left on a layup by Jordan Young. However Montclair would go on a 22-2 run over the next six minutes to take control of the game.

Daniel McRae ( Orange, NJ / Newark Tech) got the ball rolling with a layup and after two free throws by CSI, Alix Mix ( East Orange, NJ / East Orange Campus) and Jon Georges ( West Orange, NJ / St. Peter’s Prep) connected on consecutive baskets to pull MSU within 16-15. Richard Brown (Newark, NJ / Newark Tech) put Montclair in front with a layup and Dudley followed with two foul shots as MSU built a 19-16 lead with 8:32 to play.

Mix added a basket and two free throws and a basketball by Young swelled the lead to 26-16 before Brown sank a three-pointer with 5:49 left. Dudley capped the run with two foul shots and Maurice Torres’ ( Summit, NJ / Summit) three-pointer with :01 gave MSU a 46-26 lead at the break.

Young and Mix each had eight points in the first half as Montclair shots 52 percent (14-of-27) from the field, including all three three-point attempts. The Red Hawks were also 16-of-22 at the foul line and outrebounded CSI, 22-11.

In the second half, the Dolphins tried to claw back getting as close as 68-57 on a Charles’ Bernardi three-pointer with 5:42 to play. But Williams scored four straight and Young added two free throws before Brown added a layup as Montclair boosted the lead back to 76-57 with 2:48 remaining.

McRae, Mix, Torres and Brown all finished with eight points apiece as the Red Hawks shot and even 50 percent (27-of-54) from the field and held a 41-34 edge in rebounds. McRae and Brown each had eight boards while Mix collected six. Georges had seven points and five rebounds

Montclair State is off until Wednesday, December 3 when it hosts New Jersey City in its home and NJAC opener at the MSU Student Recreation Center. The game is scheduled for 8:00 pm.