Brown Comes Up Big in OT as Men's Basketball Tops Rowan

Glassboro, NJ (1/10/09) - Forward Richard Brown (Newark, NJ / Newark Tech) converted a three-point play with 23 seconds remaining in overtime to give Montclair State University a 68-66 win over host Rowan University in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game on Saturday.

The game was tied at 60 after the second period. In overtime, Brown made a layup and sunk a free throw at 2:57 to give the Red Hawks a one point advantage (65-64). Rowan answered with a layup by forward Tyson Hartnett (jr. Medford, NJ/Shawnee) with 58 seconds left to go up by one (66-65). Brown scored on a layup with 23 seconds on the clock to put Montclair State ahead 67-66. He was fouled on the play and made his free throw to seal the victory.

Montclair State improves to 10-4 overall and 3-1 in the conference with its third overtime victory this season. MSU has won 10 of its last 11 games. Rowan has a 7-8 record and a 1-3 NJAC mark. The Red Hawks were led by forward Daniel McRae (jr. Orange, NJ/Newark Tech) with 18 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and five steals. Guard James Williams (so. Englewood, NJ/Dwight Morrow) scored a game-high 19 points. Brown finished with 10 points and five boards. Guard Ken Dudley (jr. Willingboro, NJ/Burlington) dished seven assists.

For the Profs, Hartnett totaled 16 points and six rebounds. Forward Tim Cook (jr. Willingboro, NJ/Glassboro) compiled 15 points and seven boards. Guard Billy Care (sr. Linwood, NJ/Mainland Reg.) contributed with 13 points. Guard Aaron Spellman (sr. Pine Hill, NJ/St. Joseph’s (Hammonton) had five steals.

Rowan started the game with a 10-2 run over the first 6:10 capped off with a three-pointer by guard Dan Reddan (sr. Brick, NJ/Brick Twp.). Montclair State outscored Rowan, 11-2 over the next 2:43 to go ahead by one (13-12). Center Jon Georges (so. West Orange, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep) recorded four points. Guard Paul Siljee’s (fr. Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley) jumper at 7:57 gave the Red Hawks a three point lead (17-14). Rowan went up by one following a layup by Cook (7:37) and two free throws by Reddan (7:06). The score was tied three more times with the final one at 2:27 (23-23). Rowan closed out the half with a 6-2 run. Williams nailed a jumper as time expired to make the score 29-25 at the intermission. He led all first half scorers with nine points.

In the second period, Rowan was up 35-29 at 16:26 after a layup by Cook. Montclair State scored nine of the next 11 points for a 38-37 advantage at 13:38. Williams had five points, while McRae added four. The Profs went ahead by two (40-38) after a three-pointer by Care at 13:02. The Red Hawks took over, building an eight point lead (50-42) over the next four minutes. Williams’ three-point play at 3:15 made the score 60-54. Spellman had a layup (2:07) and Care sunk two foul shots (1:00) to bring Rowan within two (60-58). With 21 seconds left, Hartnett made two free throws to send the game into overtime.

Montclair State returns to action on Wednesday as they return to the MSU Student Recreation Center for the first time since December 10. MSU will host Rutgers-Newark on Wednesday, January 14 for a 7:30 pm tip off.