Rochester, NY (12/17/10) – Junior Andrew August (Bridgewater, NJ / Bridgewater-Raritan) scored a career-best 31 points while also adding 11 rebounds as Montclair State won its ninth straight posting the third-highest offensive output in program history as the Red Hawks downed Mount Aloysius, 118-105 in the opening round of the Harold J. Brodie Tourmanet at Rochester Institute of Technology on Friday evening.
Senior guard Rodney Freeney (Piscataway, NJ / Piscataway) added 27 points, seven assists and five steals as the Red Hawks moved into the championship game of the tournament on Saturday, December 18 against host RIT at 3:00 pm. RIT knocked off Waynesburg in the second contest at Clark Gym, 80-59.
Montclair scored 68 points in the second half as the Red Hawks came within a basket of tying the single-game record of 120 points set against Bloomfield College on February 9, 1954 in a 120-102 victory. Earlier that season, Montclair defeated Wilson, 119-94. The Red Hawks also set a single-game record with 51 field goals breaking the previous standard of 48 in that aforementioned Bloomfield contest.
It is the first time Montclair has topped the 100-point mark since a 108-64 win versus Philadelphia Bible in the 2007-08 campaign.
August, who was 14-of-22 from the floor with five assists, became the first Montclair player to score 30 or more points in a game since Gian Paul Gonzalez' school-record 51 against Lincoln in January 2006 at Manhattanville College. MSU put six players in double figures as the Red Hawks shot 65 percent from the floor for the game, including 73 percent (27-of-37) in the second half as it erased a 53-50 halftime deficit.
Senior guard Tom Bonard (Westfield, NJ / Westfield) added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists as MSU placed six players in double figures for the game. Freshman guard Michael Price (Plainfield, NJ / Plainfield) posted 14 points, three assists and four steals off the bench. Senior Charles Miller (Linden, NJ / Linden) had 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 15 minutes of action. Sophomore A.J. Larkin (Passaic, NJ / St. Mary’s) also had 10 points and handed out a team-best nine assists.