August, Track Freshmen Muhammad, Thomas Named MSU Athletes of the Week for December 5

Montclair, NJ (12/5/11) - Senior basketball forward Andrew August (Bridgewater, NJ / Bridgewater-Raritan) and indoor track and field freshmen Beaira Thomas (Irvington, NJ / Science Park) and Shali Muhammad (Philadelphia, PA / Paul Roberson) were named MSU Athletes of the Week for December 5.

August is named for the second consecutive week after averaging a double-double 21.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in a 3-0 week of play for the Red Hawks. Named the NJAC Player of the Week for the second time this season, he opened the week by producing 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field, while adding five rebounds and three assists in MSU’s conference-opening 75-69 NJAC road win at Rutgers-Newark. Two nights later in the opening round of the Connecticut College Tournament, he produced a double-double 22 points and 13 rebounds, while adding seven assists in a 71-67 win over Coast Guard. He wrapped up the week by being named the Most Valuable Player of the Connecticut College Tournament after producing a double-double 24 points and 12 rebounds in MSU’s championship game victory over the hosts. August currently leads the NJAC in both scoring (21.3 points per game) and rebounding (10.0 per game).

The two freshmen share the award after posting strong performances in their first collegiate meet helping Montclair State to a fifth-place finish at the CTC Relay Carnival at Yale University against a field of Division I, II and III squads. The duo were part of two relay squads that posted Top 3 finishes. Thomas ran the leadoff leg and Muhammad the all-important third leg as the Red Hawks sprint medley team finished second in the 1,600 meter event with a time of 4:26.18. In the 4x400 relay, Muhammad was the second leg and Thomas the anchor as MSU placed third in the event clocking in at 4:11.12.