Freshman guard Paul Siljee (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Valley) scored 10 points as the Red Hawks improved to 18-5 this season, their highest win total since the 2002-03 campaign when it went 23-6 en route to the NJAC Championship and berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Savereo Jackson (Montclair, NJ / Montclair) had 10 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Montclair State, which never trailed in the game, scored the first eight points as Tom Bonard (Westfield, NJ / Westfield) drained two three-point field goals as MSU jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first six minutes. Berkeley would battled back, trimming the deficit to four as Emmanuel Emedoh (Englewood, NJ / Dwight Morrow) hit a three to make the score 16-12.
However, the Red Hawks embarked on a 22-2 run over an eight minute span to increase its advantage to 24 points. Brown began the spurt with a layup and later added a three-point play as MSU went up 27-12 with 8:33 left. Torres would account for the next nine points – all on three-pointers before Sean Young (Scotch Plains, NJ / SP-Fanwood) capped off the run with a layup as MSU built at 38-14 lead with 4:33 to go before halftime.
Torres finished with 13 points in the first half as Montclair shot 61 percent (17-of-28) while holding the Bulldogs to 30 percent shooting (8-of-27).
Young recorded nine points and seven rebounds as MSU got 63 points from its bench. Jon Georges (West Orange, NJ / St. Peter’s Prep) added seven points and six rebounds. The Red Hawks shot 51 percent from the field for the game (32-of-62), including eight three pointers.
Forward Donovan Black (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) and Mannie Malasig (Oak Ridge, NJ / Jefferson Township) had 10 points apiece for Berkeley, which got eight points from Dave Hammonds (East Orange, NJ / Smyra).
The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday, February 14 as they travel to the Golden Dome in Newark to face Rutgers-Newark at 7:30 pm. MSU is currently 9-2 in the NJAC North Division and can clinch the division’s top seed with a victory.