The Red Hawks lost their first road game of the season, 62-55, on Saturday during a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) matchup against the Rutgers-Newark Scarlett Raiders at the Golden Dome. The Red Hawks now fall to 2-4 overall and are now 1-2 in the NJAC.
After losing by over 20 points at home, Montclair State was looking to get another victory on the road. But, the Scarlet Raiders’ Landon Gaines and Tyler Ofray had different plans. They each had 14 points for Rutgers-Newark as the school improved to 2-5 on the season and 2-1 in the NJAC.
Both teams shot poorly from the field in the first half and ended the half tied at 24-24. In the second half, the Scarlet Raiders had a 50-44 lead with just under six minutes left, but the Red Hawks responded with a 7-0 run, which granted them a 1-point advantage with 2:33 left.
Rutgers-Newark was able to execute down the stretch, with a key three by Gaines and some clutch free throws by Ofray. The Scarlet Raiders ultimately won 62-55.
Brandon Channer had 15 points and seven rebounds for Montclair State, while Jarrett Bogus and Vince Anfield each added 11 points.
Montclair State will return to the NJAC action on Wednesday, Dec. 7 as they host the William Paterson Pioneers at the Panzer Athletic Center at 6 p.m.