McRae Named MVP as Men's Basketball Wins Messiah Tournament

Grantham, PA (12/12/08) – Junior Daniel McRae (Orange, NJ / Newark Tech) posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds while earning Most Valuable Player honors as Montclair State captured the Messiah / Hampton Inn Tournament with a 69-36 victory over Baptist Bible on Saturday.

Sophomore guard Tom Bonard ( Westfield, NJ / Westfield) added 17 first-half points and total five rebounds as the Red Hawks ran their winning streak to seven in improving to 7-3. It is Montclair’s longest winning streak since the 2004-05 campaign when it won eight in a row.

Travis Wash had 12 points and eight rebounds for Baptist Bible, which fell to 3-3 on the year.

Montclair State trailed just once in the contest as Nathan Greve scored the opening bucket 2:41 into the game. Sean Young ( Scotch Plains, NJ / SP-Fanwood) got MSU on the board with a free throw and Bonard buried a three-pointer as Montclair took the lead for good with 16:24 to play. Baptist Bible would tie the game at 7-7 on a three-pointer by Khristian Collins, however the Red Hawks embarked on a 29-3 that gave them a 36-10 lead with just under five minutes remaining before the half.

Young began a 12-0 run in the middle of the spurt with a three-point play and five straight by McRae made the score 19-7 with 11:22 to go. Bonard added three baskets from behind the arc as Montclair took a 42-18 lead into halftime. Montclair shot 47 percent from the field in the first half (16-of-34) while holding Baptist Bile to 6-of-28 from the floor, including 1-of-12 from three-point range.

McRae would score nine points in the second half.

Young added 10 points and seven rebounds while Ken Dudley ( Willingboro, NJ / Burlington Tech) added eight points and three rebounds as he earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Richard Brown ( Newark, NJ / Newark Tech) had six points for MSU, which finished the game shooting 43.1 percent (28-of-65) from the floor while forcing Baptist Bible into 25 turnovers. Montclair turned those into 36 points.

The Red Hawks are now off until early January when they take part in the ECAC Holiday Festival down at the Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL. Montclair will play twice beginning on Saturday, January 3 when they face Potsdam State at 12:00 pm. The following day, Montclair takes on St. Joseph’s (NY) at 1:00 pm.