Men's Basketball Winning Streak Snapped

Mahwah, NJ (1/7/09) - The Ramapo College men’s basketball team earned a 65-55 win over the Montclair State tonight at the Bradley Center, led by junior Andre Kenny (Jersey City, NJ) who sunk 20 points hitting 10-29 from the field. 

With the win, Ramapo improves to 8-6 overall and earns their first NJAC victory of the season, improving to 1-2.  Montclair, which had its nine-game winning streak snapped, falls to 9-4 overall, 2-1 in the conference. It was the Red Hawks' first loss since November 21.

Ramapo fell behind 6-0 in the opening 2 ½ minutes behind three points each from Daniel McRae (Orange, NJ / Newark Tech) and James Williams (Englewood, NJ / Dwight Morrow).  Senior guard Tim Wesley (Jersey City, NJ) got Ramapo on the board at 16:14 with a jump shot, and after a basket from Kenny, the Roadrunners were within two. 

The first tie came at 12:39 when Kenny sunk another basket, and after Jon Georges (West Orange, NJ / St. Peter's Prep) put MSU up by two again, Kenny connected with Wesley for the game’s second tie, 10-10.   Ramapo slowly pulled away gaining a ten point advantage, 25-15, at 5:15 when sophomore Ahmad Hassan (Edgewater, NJ) laid in the ball off the steal. 

Williams hit a shot from behind the arc to come within six with 2:38 to play, but baskets from Kevin Findlay (Roselle, NJ) and Ernst Ambroise (Sayreville, NJ) put the Roadrunners up ten again with 50 seconds to play.  Williams answered with a two point goal to head into the locker room, 31-23 behind Ramapo.  The Roadrunners shot 48% (15-31) in the opening half while Montclair State hit 9-24 (38%) from the field.  Kenny was the lone Roadrunner in double digit figures sinking 6-12 from the field, for 12 first half points.  Wesley added eight points while grabbing three steals.  Williams led the Red Hawks with ten points.

Georges open the second half with a jumper and Williams followed with a three point goal to bring the Red Hawks within three points in the opening 1:26.  The teams traded baskets over the next three minutes before a basket from Kenny sparked a 7-0 run to put Ramapo up 44-32 with 12:17 on the clock.  MSU answered with a mini 5-0 run, sparked by Sean Young (Scotch Plains, NJ/ SP-Fanwood), and at 6:46, Maurice Torres (Summit, NJ / Summit) hit a three-pointer to spark another run for the Red Hawks.  Georges capped off the run with two free throws to put MSU just two points shy of Ramapo, 45-43, with 6:04 to play.  The Roadrunners gained control of the final minutes to take the game, 65-55.  LoRusso led Ramapo with nine second half points and Wesley added seven.  Ramapo hit 10-23 (44%) in the half and MSU went 11-33 (33%).  Williams led MSU with nine points in the half. 

Kenny hit 10-19 from the field for 20 points while Wesley wrapped up the night with 15.  Rookie Anthony LoRusso (Mahwah, NJ) netted 12 points and Kenny pulled down a team high six boards.  The team combined for 25 field goals hitting 25-54 (46%) on the night.  Williams led the Red Hawks with 19 points while his team sunk 20 of their 57 attempts (35%).  Georges netted 13 points and Young pulled down a team high eight boards.

Montclair looke to rebound from its loss as its faces off with Rowan University on Saturday at 3:00 PM in Glassboro, NJ.