Men's Basketball Delivers Crushing Blow to NJCU, 58-52

Montclair, NJ (2/15/10)  - Junior center Sean Young (Scotch Plains, N.J.) scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Montclair State University to a 58-52 victory over New Jersey City in a New Jersey Athletic Conference contest on Monday night.

The win was only the second in the last 12 games for Montclair State (11-13, 4-9 NJAC), which snapped a two-game losing streak.

The loss by New Jersey City dealt a fatal blow to the Gothic Knights NJAC Tournament hopes. NJCU needed to win its last two conferences and receive some help.

Following a 25-25 tie at halftime, the Red Hawks broke the game open with a 14-0 run over a four-minute span in the second half to open its biggest margin of the game at 50-35 with 8:18 remaining.

New Jersey City (13-11, 5-7), which held its biggest margin at five points late in the first half and led by three early in the second, came right back by scoring nine consecutive points over the next two and half minutes to cut the margin to six. But that would be as close as the Gothic Knights would get until the end.

Young, who scored 10 points in the first half, helped Montclair State down the stretch, scoring five of the team's final eight points, including a key three-point play to ice the game at 58-48 with just 1:17 to play.

Junior forward Tyrone Prewitt (Trenton, N.J.) added nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Montclair State.

Senior guard Josh Lopez (Jersey City, N.J.) scored 16 points to top New Jersey City, who had won four of its pervious five games and saw a two-game winning streak snapped.

Montclair State closes out its 2009-10 season on Tuesday, February 16 as they host City College of New York at the Panzer Athletic Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm and it will also be Senior Night as MSU will honor Ken Dudley (Willingboro, N.J.), John Bryne (East Brunswick, N.J.) and Daniel McRae (Orange, N.J.) prior to the contest.