Men's Basketball Runs Past Berkeley, 80-39

Montclair, NJ (11/24/09) –  Junior guard Tom Bonard (Westfield, NJ / Westfield) scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures as Montclair State moved to 3-0 on the year with an 80-39 victory over Berkeley College at the Panzer Athletic Center on Tuesday evening.

Junior Rodney Freeney (Piscataway, NJ / Pscataway) added 12 points off the bench as the Red Hawks led from start to finish as they shots 52 percent (18-of-34) in the first half and coasted to their seventh victory over the Bulldogs in as many meetings.

Guard Jarrel Young (Newark, NJ / Newark Tech) had a game-high 18 points for Berkeley, which fell to 2-5 on the season with their fourth straight loss.

Bonard gave Montclair State an immediate 3-0 lead five seconds into the game as he drained a three-pointer from the left corner. The Bulldogs would hung around in the early part getting within 13-8 as Donovan Black (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) scored on a layup with 14:30 left. But Montclair would go on a 20-5 run over the next six minutes to pull away. Ken Dudley (Willingboro, NJ / Burlington Tech) and Freeney each had a basket to make the score 17-8. After Young hit a three-pointer for Berkeley, Ali Mix (East Orange, NJ / East Orange Campus) sank a free throw and Tyrone Prewitt (Trenton, NJ / Trenton) followed with a layup as Montclair led 20-11 with 10 minutes left.

Tyron Davis (Paterson, NJ / Eastside) got a bucket back for the Bulldogs however Freeney scored four straight and Bonard buried another three as MSU led by 15 points. Robert Jackson (Carteret, NJ / Carteret) finished off the run with a layup as the Red Hawks went up 33-13 with 5:22 to play en route to a 44- 24 halftime advantage.

Mix and Sean Young (Scotch Plains, NJ / SP-Fanwood) each had 10 points for MSU, which outrebonded the Bulldogs 54-34. Daniel McRae (Orange, NJ / Newark Tech) added nine points and eight rebounds while Dudley posted eight rebounds and eight assists in addition to three points. Jackson had six points and six rebounds.

Black had six points and five rebounds for Berkeley, which shots just 26 percent (16-of-62) from the field in the game. Devin Bennett (Paterson, NJ / Manchester) added four points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots with Davis collecting five points and five rebounds.

Montclair State returns to action on Saturday, November 28 as the Red Hawks face host Allegheny in the Allegheny Tournament in Pennsylvania. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 pm. Berkeley is off until December 1 when the Bulldogs visit Drew University.