Hackettstown, NJ (12/30/11) – Senior forward Andrew August (Bridgewater, NJ / Bridgewater-Raritan) registered his seventh double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds and was named the Most Valuable Player as Montclair State captured its second in-season tournament downing Centenary College, 87-64 in the championship game of the Comfort Inn Holiday Classic on Friday.
Sophomore forward Ordel Goldson (Hackettstown, NJ / Warren Hills) added a double-double of his own with 19 points and 15 rebounds as Montclair (11-3) stretched its winning streak to four games.
Montclair, which led for a majority of the game, trailed 6-4 in the opening minutes before going on a 10-0 run to seize the lead for good. August scored four consecutive points to give MSU the lead and Brian Flores (Union, NJ / Union Catholic) finished off a break with a layup for a 10-6 advantage. Goldson added a layup before Ken Rubenstein (South Orange, NJ / Columbia) finished off the spurt giving the Red Hawks a 14-6 lead with 14:23 left.
Centenary responded with a 13-5 run to tie the game at 19-19 with 7:11 to go however Aaron Williams (West Orange, NJ / Jonathan Dayton) drained a three-pointer and Goldson scored on the ensuing possession as Montclair restored its lead to 24-19 with 6:24 showing.
The Cyclones would trim the lead back to two points (26-24) but Goldson scored and James D'Angelo (Long Valley, NJ / West Morris Central) hit from behind the arc as the Red Hawks boosted the lead back to seven points en route to a 38-30 halftime lead.
Baskets by Flores and Goldson to open the second half got the lead to double-digits and Montclair pushed the lead to 60-40 midway through the period as D'Angelo, who finished with 12 points, hit a second three-pointer.
Rubenstein chipped in with 15 points and four rebounds for Montclair State, which shot 56 percent (35-of-62) from the field, including 7-of-13 from behind the arc. Williams posted eight points and five assists.
The Red Hawks return to action on Wednesday, January 4 as they host local and NJAC rival William Paterson in a North Division matchup at the Panzer Athletic Center beginning at 8:00 pm.