Montclair State, who led for the first 14 minutes of the game, jumped ahead nine, 23-14, at 9:26 on a three-point play by Robert Jackson (Carteret, NJ / Carteret). Case Western Reserve then scored 10 unanswered points to grab its first lead of the game, 24-23, at 5:54 with a senior guard Bryan Erce (Berwyn, IL) jumper. From there, the Spartans would lead by as many as six, but the Red Hawks cut it to two, 31-29, at the half.
an early tie, Case Western Reserve controlled the second half. Junior
guard Colin Mulholland (Jacksonville, FL) gave the Spartans their first
double figure lead, 53-41, with a three-pointer at 10:10. Daniel McRae (Orange, NJ / Newark Tech)
brought Montclair State back and within one, 62-61, on a dunk with 43
seconds left in the game, but Case Western Reserve held on for the
Mulholland finished with 14 points. Erce and junior guard Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH) scored 11 points each. Erce also had a game-high five assists.
McRae finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots for Montclair State. He was named to the All-Tournament Team. Ken Dudley (Willingboro, NJ / Burlington Tech) added 12 points while junior guard Tom Bonard (Westfield, NJ / Westfield) recorded 10 points off the bench.
The Red Hawks return to action on Wednesday, December 2 when they travel to Newark to face Rutgers-Newark in their 2009-10 New Jersey Athletic Conference opener. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 pm.