Men's Basketball Upended in Sig Makofski Championship Game, 61-53

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Schenectady, NY (1/5/10) - Senior guard Aaron Trigg (Overland Park, KS) scored a game high 20 points with nine rebounds to six assists to lead Gordon College (7-3) to a 61-53 victory over Montclair State University (9-4) to win the 2010 Sig Makofski Invitational Championship Game at Union College. Trigg was named the MVP for the second time in three years as Gordon also won the tourney at the Viniar Athletic Center in 2008.

Joining Trigg on the All-Tournament Team were Gordon teammates senior guard Brady Bajema (Whitinsville, MA) and senior forward Benjamin Gaskill (Columbus, OH). Bajema scored 19 points with four assists and Gaskill had a tourney game high 13 rebounds in the title game. For the tournament, Trigg had 35 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds.

Montclair senior forward Daniel McRae (Orange, NJ) had had eight points and three steals in the title game, and made the All-Tournament Team with his two-game performance of 23 points and 13 rebounds with six steals. Sean Young (Scotch Plains, NJ) led the Red Hawks with 11 points.

Gordon shot 41% for the contest and led by Gaskill, outrebounded Montclair, 42-30 while holding the Red Hawks to 35% shooting. Montclair's bench came through with a 28-8 scoring advantage. The Fighting Scots led 23-22 at halftime and opened the second half with a 8-0 run in 2:51 featuring five points from Bajema. But an 11-3 run in 5:14 pulled Montclair to within one at 34-33 with 11:46 left. Gordon held the lead the entire second half but after the lead was up by to seven, the Red Hawks chipped it down to one again at 46-45 on a free throw by David McDaniel (Plainfield, NJ) with 5:01 left. Consecutive three pointers by Trigg and Bajema brought it up to seven for Gordon at 52-45 with 3:19 left and the Fighting Scots never led by less then that margin the rest of the contest.

The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday, January 9 as they resume New Jersey Athletic Conference play. MSU, currently 1-1 in the NJAC heads to Pomona, NJ to face defending conference champion and 2009 NCAA Division III national runner-up Richard Stockton at 3:00 pm.