Farmingdale, NY (11/18/11) – Senior foward Andrew August (Bridgewater, NJ / Bridgewater-Raritan) registered a double-double with 31 points and 15 rebounds as Montclair State won its season opener as the Red Hawks downed College at Brockport, 97-92 in the first game of the Marriott Tip-Off Tournament at Farmingdale State on Friday evening.
Brian Flores (Union, NJ / Union Catholic) added 13 points and four assists and Brendan Holland (Briarcliff Manor, NY / Trinity Pawling) had
12 points and five rebounds as the Red Hawks (1-0) advance to the
championship game on Saturday, November 19 at 3:00 pm against John Jay College, which topped host Farmingdale, 85-76.
The Red Hawks led for a majority of the game, taking a 4-2 lead with 18:27 left as August scored on a layup. The lead would grow to 16-6 as Daniel Singleton (Neptune, NJ / Neptune) put back as missed shot with just under 16 minutes to play. Brockport would tie the game at 24-24 on a tip-in by Kyheem Green with 11:18 however Montclair scored the next seven points.
August hit a free throw to start the spurt and Aaron Wiliams (West Orange, NJ / Jonathan Dayton) scored the next five, including a three-pointer to make the score 30-24. Ordell Goldson (Hackettstown, NJ / Warren Hills) capped the run with a free throw.
The Golden Eagles responded with a 10-3 run to take a 34-33 lead however Montclair countered with an 11-point run en route to a seven-point advantage at halftime. Holland regained the lead with two from the charity stripe and James D'Angelo (Long Valley, NJ / West Morris Central) later added a three-pointer as the Red Hawks led 42-34. Dominique Depts (East Orange, NJ / East Orange) finished off the run with a layup as Montclair took a 48-41 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Red Hawks would double their lead to 14 points as an August layup make the score 58-44 with 17:53 to go. Two free throws by Depts with 13:24 remaining gave MSU its largest lead at 70-51. Brockport made a run scoring 16 straight points to pull within 70-67 by Holland stopped the run with a basket and field goals by August and Singleton restored the lead to 76-67 with 7:09 left.
Brockport would get as close as four points twice over the final seven minutes, however each time Montclair would answer to pick up the victory.
Singleton had 10 points for MSU while D'Angelo and Williams had nine points apiece. Depts added six points and nine rebounds while Goldson had five points and six caroms.