Staten Island, NY (12/8/10) – Sophomore guard A.J. Larkin (Passaic, NJ / St. Mary's (Rutherford)) scored on a layup with two seconds remaining in overtime as Montclair State scored the final four points to knock off previously unbeaten College of Staten Island, 81-80 on Wednesday evening.
Junior forward Andrew August (Bridgewater, NJ / Bridgewater-Raritan) posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Red Hawks won their sixth straight game and are now 6-1 on the season - their best start since winning their first 12 games during the 2002-03 campaign.
Montclair State led 38-26 at the half thanks in part to a 21-6 run over the final 9:17 of the opening period. Tom Bonard (Westfield, NJ / Westfield) had nine points while Sean Young (Scotch Plains, NJ / SP-Fanwood) added eight and seven rebounds as MSU shot 50 percent (15-of-30) from the field, including 4-of-8 from behind the arc.
But the Dolphins (5-1) stormed back in the second half tying the game at 47-47 when Bloochy Magliore drained a three-pointer wiht 11:41 left in the second half. From that point the game stayed in the 1-3 point differential until three minutes to go when Magliore hit two free throws for a 67-62 Staten Island lead.
CSI held a 70-66 advantage with 15 seconds remaining when August sank two free throws pulling Montclair within two points. The Dolphins then missed an opportunity to put the game away missing two free throws. Off the second miss, Tyrone Prewitt (Trenton, NJ / Trenton Central) grabbed the rebound and then hit the tying shot with five seconds left as the game headed into overtime deadlocked at 70-70.
In the extra period, Staten Island would get up by four points, 78-74 with 2:20 to go as Dale Taranto finished off a fast break with a layup. Montclair would get the deficit back to a point over the next minute as August hit a free throw and Rodney Freeney (Piscataway, NJ / Piscataway) added a layup making the score 78-77.
Magliore connected twice from the line for an 80-77 lead with 51 seconds on the clock. Freeney cut that lead in half on a layup with 34 seconds left. The Dolphins then turned the ball over with 19 seconds remaining giving Montclair State an opportunity. After a Red Hawk timeout with five seconds, Larkin, who finished the game with nine points, drove the lane for the winning bucket.
Prewitt registered a double-double of his own with 10 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Bonard and Freeney each had 11 points while Young collected 10 and nine rebounds. Freshman Michael Price (Plainfield, NJ / Plainfield) added seven points, 11 rebounds and five assists off the bench.
The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday, December 11 as they host City College of New York at the Panzer Athletic Center beginning at 4:00 pm.