New London, CT (12/3/11) – Senior Andrew August (Bridgewater, NJ / Bridgewater-Raritan) was named the Most Outstanding Player as he registered his second straight double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds leading Montclair State to a 71-66 overtime win over Connecticut College in the championship game of the Citizens Bank Camel/Cadet Classic at the Coast Guard Academy.
sophomore Jethro Anilus gave the Camels a 58-55 lead with on a
3-pointer with 1:55 left in regulation before junior Ken Rubenstein’s (South Orange, NJ / Columbia)
3-pointer with 14 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 58-58.
Anilus missed in the paint as time expired sending the game to overtime.
Montclair State used an 8-0 run in overtime to clinch the championship. Freshman Brian Flores’ (Union, NJ / Union Catholic) layup with 1:43 left in overtime gave the Red Hawks the lead for good at 65-63. August added a layup with 1:15 left and Rubenstein pushed the lead to six on a pair of free throws with 39 seconds left before junior Asad Faison (Scotch Plains, NJ / West Rowan H.C.) closed the 8-0 run by making a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left for a 71-63 lead.
Conn. College led 28-27 at halftime, but the Red Hawks used a 10-0 run over a span of four minutes turning a 33-32 deficit into a 42-33 lead with 14:11 left in regulation.
Montclair led 45-35 with 10:59 left before the Camels responded with ten straight of their own to tie the game 45-45 with eight minutes left.
Anilus made one
of two free throws with 3:36 left and the Camels led 55-51, but a
bucket by August and a pair of free throws by Flores tied the game 55-55
with 2:29 left.
Rubenstein, who earned a spot on the All-tournament team, finished with 17 points while Flores was also in double figures with 13 points in the win.
Anilus led Conn. College with 19 points to to with six rebounds while All-tournament selection sophomore Matt Vadas had a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds before fouling out while junior Rob Harrigan, who was also named to the All-tournament team finished with 12 points for the Camels.
Montclair which shot 41.4 percent from the field (24-58) and made six of 20 from 3-point range improved to 5-2 on the season.
The Camels, who dropped to 1-4 on the season, shot 36.7 percent from the floor (22-60) while hitting 10 of 30 from behind the arc.
Montclair State returns to action on Thursday, December 8 as they continue their road trip taking on SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz at 7:00 pm.