UPDATE: Montclair State lost to Rowan University on Feb. 10, leaving the Red Hawks with a 11-12 record.
Montclair State’s men’s basketball team cruised past Rutgers-Camden in a convincing 89-74 victory on Feb. 6.
The Red Hawks’ offense was paced by 16 points from Erick Loften-Harris and 14 from Jarrett Bogus. Bogus hit four of Montclair State’s 10 three-pointers in the game, as the Red Hawks played at a furious pace, pushing the ball up the floor off of Rutgers-Camden’s missed shots, looking to find shooters and cutters in transition.
Montclair State’s stout zone defense did well to expose Rutgers-Camden’s lack of outside shooting. The Raptors’ Jonathan Baker-Jernigan led all scorers with an impressive 21 points, but was held under 50 percent from the field by an impressive Red Hawk defense. Montclair State never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 27 points.
The Red Hawks went on a 16-5 run in the middle of the first half that included four consecutive three-pointers from four different players. Their big lineup played a factor as well, with Jaleel Christmon and Jahvan Rosbia combining for 18 rebounds, including nine offensive boards. 11 out of 12 Montclair State players scored in this game, including an industrious 11 points from Rosbia, nine from Devyn Ransom and eight from Shaun Russell.
The men’s basketball team now sits at 11-11 overall (7-8 NJAC) and can secure anywhere from a sixth to fourth seed in the NJAC tournament depending on other teams’ results.
The Red Hawks will face the Gothic Knights of Jersey City University on Feb. 13