Williams, Georges Named to All-NJAC Men's Basketball Team

Montclair, NJ (2/26/09) – Sophomore guard James Williams (Englewood, NJ / Dwight Morrow) and classmate Jon Georges (West Orange, NJ / St. Peter's Prep) were each named to the 2009 NJAC All-Conference Team announced on Thursday. Williams was selected to the Second Team with Georges collecting Honorable Mention accolades.

Both players were instrumental in helping Montclair State to its best season in six years. The Red Hawks went 20-6, winning 20 games for just the eighth time in school history while capturing the NJAC North Division with an 11-2 conference mark. It was the first time that Montclair has won a divisional title since the conference adopted the two division format.

Williams, last year's Rookie of the Year, earned his first All-Conference honor with the Second-Team selection. The team's leading scorer, Williams averaged 11.8 points per game while also collecting 74 rebounds, 47 assists and 24 steals. He led the team in points and field goals (111) while also shooting 73.1 percent at the foul line (49-of-67). He ranks 17th in the league in scoring.

Williams was named the NJAC Player of the Week on December 8 after posting back-to-back 20-point performances versus New Jersey City and The College of New Jersey. He had a season-high 26 in the win against NJCU and scored 24 points versus Averett in the Messiah / Hampton Inn Tournament on December 12. Williams also boosted MSU to a 62-61 win over Rutgers-Newark on January 14 as he hit twice from the free throw line with 16 seconds remaining.

Georges averaged 9.0 points and 5.7 rebounds while appearing in all 26 games, nine of which were starts. Currently ranked 11th in the NJAC in rebounding, Georges led Montclair State and ranked sixth in the conference in field goal percentage as he connected on 60.3 percent of his attempts (92-of-171).

Over the last eight games, Georges averaged 11.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest. Included in that span were five double-doubles. He had 15 points and 10 rebounds in a win over William Paterson in January and then posted 14 points and 10 boards as the Red Hawks edged Ramapo, 70-69. Georges came up big in Montclair's final two regular-season games as he went for 16 points and a season-high 15 rebounds as MSU clinched the North Division with a 69-64 win over Rutgers-Newark. He then had 16 points, including the game-winning free throw with five seconds as Montclair edged William Paterson, 58-57.