Camden, NJ (1/30/10) – Sophomore guard Ali Mix (East Orange, NJ/East Orange Campus) hit
a three-point field goal with 2:23 remaining in overtime, lifting
Montclair State University to the final lead change of the night and
the Red Hawks hung on to outlast Rutgers University-Camden, 72-69, in a
New Jersey Athletic Conference game here Saturday afternoon.
victory snapped Montclair State’s seven-game losing streak and helped
the Red Hawks even their record at 10-10. They are 3-6 in NJAC play.
which has lost its last eight games against Montclair State and trails
41-8 in the all-time series, falls to 5-13 overall with its fourth
straight loss. The Scarlet Raptors are 0-9 in the NJAC.
into overtime locked in a 57-57 deadlock, the Scarlet Raptors took the
first lead in overtime on a three-pointer by senior guard Joshua Askew
(Sicklerville, NJ/Winslow Township). The Red Hawks fought back to tie
the game at 60-60 on three points from junior center Sean Young (Scotch Plains, NJ/Scotch Plains-Fanwood). After
the Raptors took their last lead of the night on a foul shot by senior
guard/forward Chris Clahar (Philadelphia, PA/Robert Lamberton), Mix put
the Red Hawks ahead to stay at 63-61.
lead was never more than four points the rest of the way, and the
Raptors narrowed it to a one-point game twice (63-62 and 70-69). The
Red Hawks closed out the game with a pair of foul shots by Young with
five seconds remaining and the Raptors’ last-gasp three-pointer was off
The game was a tight contest most
of the way, with the two teams deadlocked at 28-28 at halftime and
57-57 at the end of regulation. Rutgers-Camden held a five-point lead
(37-32) early in the second half before Montclair State roared back to
take a 51-41 advantage with 8:33 remaining. The Scarlet Raptors
whittled down the margin and finally tied the game with 13 seconds
remaining in regulation on a pair of foul shots by Askew. Montclair
State missed a three-pointer at the end of regulation to send the game
Young finished with a game-high 21 points for the Red Hawks, including 17 after halftime. Mix scored 16 and junior guard Rodney Freeney (Piscataway, NJ/Piscataway) added 13 for Montclair State.
Senior forward Daniel McRae (Orange, NJ/Newark Tech) had a game-high 16 rebounds for the Red Hawks.
who was playing in his 90th career game to become only the 11th player
in Rutgers-Camden program history to reach that milestone, finished
with 17 points and five steals. Junior guard Shawn Greene (Mt. Laurel,
NJ/Lenape) had 16 points for the Raptors, while junior forward Kevin
Brown (Port Norris, NJ/Millville) notched 13.
Brown also completed a double-double with a team-high 11 rebounds, helping the Raptors hold a 51-50 edge off the boards.
State shot 22-for-60 (37.6 percent) from the field, while
Rutgers-Camden was 21-for-66 (31.8). Both teams were cold from the foul
line, with the Raptors shooting 17-for-30 (56.7) and the Red Hawks only
Montclair State University plays another NJAC contest Wednesday, hosting Rutgers-Newark at 8 p.m.