Second-Half Surge Sends MSU by Men's Basketball

Montclair, N.J. (1/12/13) – Junior Kyle Latorre registered a double-double, but a strong second half surge sent host Montclair State University past the Kean University men’s basketball team by the final of 76-64.

Senior Ken Rubenstein had a game-high 20 points while junior Ordel Goldson added 16 for the Red Hawks.  Latorre (pictured left) finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Kean (5-10, 4-5 NJAC).

Trailing by three with seven and a half minutes to go in the first stanza, Kean used a 12-2 run to take the largest lead of the first half, 25-18.  Rookie Tommy Soulias started the run with a trey to tie things up at 16-all.  The Cougars headed into the break with the same seven point cushion, 32-25.

MSU then rallied and shot 63 percent in the final 20 minutes to overcome the deficit.  Trailing 49-42 with 10:45 to play, the Red Hawks went on to score 13 of the next 17 points to take the lead. Sophomore Chris Torres had the final five points as MSU went up 55-53 with 6:05 to go. Kean answered back as senior Anthony Gibson drained a three making it 56-55, but Rubenstein countered with a three putting Montclair back in front.

Another three by Gibson nudged Kean back into the lead at 59-58, but that would be the last lead for the Cougars as Montclair State reeled off 12 consecutive points to put the game away. Michael Spence converted a three-point play to spark the run while Torres added five.

Gibson recorded 13 points while Soulias added 10 in the loss.

Kean returns home to host Richard Stockton College on Wednesday, January 16th at 8 p.m.