Red Hawks Surge Past Kean, 66-44

Red Hawks Surge Past Kean, 66-44

Montclair, N.J. (12/5/09) - The Montclair State University men's basketball team shot 51 percent and forced 25 turnovers as they defeated Kean, 66-44, Saturday afternoon at the Panzer Athletic Center.

With the loss the Cougars fall to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), while the win improves MSU to 5-2 and 2-0 in conference play.

Both teams sea-sawed in the early part of the matchup but after Kean took a 10-9 lead on two free-throws from senior Vinnie Darpino (Colonia, N.J.) with 12:18 to go, the Red Hawks then sprinted on a 16-4 run over the course of the next five minutes to take a 26-13 lead.

At the break with a 36-18 lead junior Tom Bonard (Westfield, N.J.) led all players with 10 points while Darpino led Kean with six.  The Red Hawks were benefited with five treys in the first 20 minutes and shot just under 60 percent for the half.  The Cougars were plagued with 14 turnovers.

Head coach Rob Kurzinsky used the final 19 minutes to use his bench as all suited players saw a great deal of playing time.  In the end senior Rodlin Pierre (Orange, N.J.) (pictured right) led the Cougars with 10 points and six rebounds while senior Dean Hughes (Pemberton, N.J.) added seven points and five rebounds.

For MSU senior Daniel McRae (Orange, N.J.) led all players with 16 points while guard Ali Mix (East Orange, N.J.) added 13 points and five assists in 35 minutes of action.

Kean heads down to southern New Jersey to face Rowan University on Wednesday, December 9th while MSU will host Ramapo.