New Jersey men's basketball team suffers loss to Montclair State University
The New Jersey men’s basketball team had their four game winning streak snapped, falling to the Red Hawks from Montclair State University by a score of 100-73 Saturday evening in the championship game of the Team Hill Holiday Classic Championship Game. With the loss, the Knights dipped to a record of 8-6 on the year, while the Red Hawks improved their mark to 4-6.
Despite the loss for Berkeley, Hassan Abdullah scored a team-high 14 points while connecting on five of his six attempts from the charity stripe in 20 minutes of action off of the bench. Dukens Germain added 13 points, five rebounds, and a pair of assists, and Carl O’Neil contributed 11 points.
In the victory for Montclair State University, the Red Hawks had five players score in double figures, including Daniel Singleton who paced Montclair with a game-high 21 points while hitting on nine of his 15 attempts from the floor. He also grabbed five rebounds as well. Angel Gonzalez added 20 points, and Ordel Goldson posted a double-double with 15 points, 11 caroms and three steals.
The primary difference in the game was shooting, as Montclair State University connected on 62.5 percent of their attempts from the floor (40-64) for the evening, while the Knights hit on just 36.4 percent of their shots (24-66). The Red Hawks won the turnover battle, committing just 13 miscues compared to 20 for Berkeley. Montclair dished 17 assists to the Knights’ nine, and the teams pulled down 37 rebounds apiece.
Berkeley College will enjoy six days off before returning to action on Saturday, January 4th, as the Knights return home to battle Central Penn at New Jersey Institute of Technology, with game-time scheduled for 3:00pm.