Galloway, NJ (12/14/11) – Richard Stockton (4-5, 1-0 NJAC) shot 58.6% in the second half and rallied to down Montclair State (7-3, 0-1 NJAC) 72-69 in the conference opener for the Ospreys. The win snapped a five-game winning streak for the Red Hawks as well.
After a lackluster first half that saw Stockton shoot just 27%, Montclair took a 34-27 lead into the locker room. Andrew August (Bridgewater/Bridgewater-Raritan) and Brian Flores (Union/Union Catholic) led the way with 13 and 12 points respectively for the Red Hawks.
The second half was a different story. The Ospreys fought back to tie the game at 42 with 14:40 remaining on the strength of some tight defense led by Dave Williams (Pennsauken/Pennsauken). Williams and his teammates harassed the Red Hawks into 12 turnovers in the second half. The Ospreys led 54-47 after a dunk by Darnell McCargo (Woodlynne/Collingswood) at the 10:19 mark punctuated an 8-0 run.
Montclair State rallied to take a 58-57 edge on two free throws by August with 7:18 on the clock but Stockton responded with a 10-2 spurt for a 67-60 lead with 4:15 remaining. The Red Hawks fought back again and tied the game at 69 on a free throw by Asad Faison (Scotch Plains/West Rowan HC) with 41 seconds to play.
Stockton’s Bill McDonough (Spring Lake/St. Rose) sank the go-ahead foul shot with just five seconds left, and he added two more free throws after a Montclair State turnover to seal the 72-69 victory for the Ospreys.
McDonough scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half and also finished with a team-high 10 rebounds. DiAndre Brown (Sicklerville/Camden County Tech) netted 15 of his 18 markers in the second stanza and grabbed nine boards in the game. Darnell McCargo (Woodlynne/Collingswood) came off the bench to add all of his 10 points in the second half to help Stockton head coach Gerry Matthews earn his 497th career victory.
Flores finished with a game-high 27 points for Montclair State and August added 21 markers to go with a game-high 13 rebounds for the Red Hawks. Ken Rubenstein (South Orange, NJ / Columbia) had eight points.
Montclair State returns home to face Vaughn College on Sunday at 1 pm.