Ewing, NJ (1/28/12) – The Montclair State
men's basketball team quickly rebounded from its tough one-point loss on
Wednesday beating The College of New Jersey, 68-57 at Packer Hall on
Saturday afternoon. The Red Hawks improved to 16-5 overall, 6-3 in the
NJAC as they won for the ninth time in their last 11 contests.
Senior Andrew August (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan), who ranks second in the NJAC averaging 20.6 points per game, led Montclair with 25 points. Sophomore Ordel Goldson (Hackettstown, NJ/Warren Hills) registered a double-double with 16 points and 12 boards, while sophomore Dan Singleton (Neptune, NJ/Neptune) added 13 points and eight rebounds.
Senior Albert Matlock (Trenton, NJ/Solebury) topped TCNJ in scoring with a season-high 17 points, 15 of which came off three-point baskets. Classmate Kyle Rawson (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills) finished with 10 points and sophomore Skyelar Ettin (Princeton, NJ/Princeton) added seven points and five rebounds.
Shooting percentage was the story of the opening half. The visitors hit 54 percent of their shots, while the Lions could not a get a roll, dropping in just 7-of-35 attempts. MSU’s Goldson was locked in from the start, draining seven of his first eight shots.
Rawson buried a pair of three-pointers before the break, but the Red Hawks held a comfortable 36-18 lead at the intermission.
Sophomore Alex Fox (Washington, NJ/Westwood) sparked some excitement in the second half when he stripped a Red Hawk ball-handler at the midcourt and then coasted in for the bucket. Ettin then drilled an 18-foot jumper followed by a strong move to the basket by sophomore Jason Chalmers (Oakland, NJ/Indian Hills) and the Lions cut the deficit to 38-28 with 13:37 to play.
After a Red Hawk timeout, Ettin brought the crowd to its feet, draining another long jumpshot to draw within eight points.
The Lions continued to chip away as Albert Matlock connected from long distance for the third time in the contest at the 5:59 mark. But August became more and more difficult to contain, particularly when MSU got in the bonus. He finished 11-of-14 as the Red Hawks sealed their 16th win of the season and sixth conference victory.
Montclair State is back in action on Wednesday, February 1 when they travel to Wayne, NJ to face local and NJAC rival William Paterson at 8:00 pm. The Red Hawks, who won the first meeting with the Pioneers 80-79 in overtime back on January 4, are currently one game back of WPU for the NJAC North Division lead.