By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: February 20, 2014 at 12:36 am EST
Ewing – The College of New Jersey men’s basketball team hoped to win their final game of the season.
Their final game of the season was at home. And it was against a team that came into the game just 2-7 on the road.
But the Lions will go into the off-season with a loss. Montclair State defeated The College of New Jersey, 68-58, at Packer Hall.
“I’m a little impatient,” said TCNJ head coach Kelly Williams. “I want to win, but things take time. We have end this season, but now it’s time for me to go to work to get this team better. I start recruiting [today.]”
The Lions dropped to 8-17 overall, including 6-12 within the conference. The Red Hawks improved to 11-13 overall, and 8-10 in the conference, as well.
This is the best Lions season since going 9-16 during the 2011-12 season. The Lions could only muster 5 wins last season.
The Lions end the season with on a three-game losing streak, and fell to 3-9 at home. The Lions had just two wins at Packer Hall last season, as well.
Montclair State led throughout the second half. Ordel Goldson, who scored 19 points with 8 rebounds and a steal, gave the Red Hawks a 10-point lead with 2:08 left in the game.
The Red Hawks would then go up 13 points at 1:27 after Angel Gonzalez scored a three-point basket. Gonzalez scored 12 points with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
Daniel Singleton led the Red Hawks with 20 points, and also had 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Chris Torres chipped in 11 points, while James D’Angelo scored 6 points.
The game was tied at 42 when Alex Fox made a layup for the Lions. The game was also tied at 37 when Joe Kane scored a layup for the Lions, as well.
Kane, the lone senior on the TCNJ men’s basketball team, scored 9 points with 6 rebounds, and 2 steals. Fox also scored 9 points and had a steal.
In the second half, Brackett, who transferred into the Lions program this season, broke the all-time Lions rebounding record for a season. Paul Brateris held the record for 49 years, before Brackett broke the record with 324 rebounds.
Brateris previously held the record with 323 rebounds. Brackett finished his first-year with the Lions with 327 rebounds.
“I knew of it, but it’s good I got it I guess,” said Brackett. “I just wanted to win. Obviously, I take pride in rebounding, and it just came with it.”
Brackett had 9 points and 12 rebounds, and averaged 16.4 points and 13.1 rebounds this season. While Brackett was just a point shy of another double-double, Jayson Johnson led the Lions with 13 points in this game, along with 3 rebounds, and two assists.
The Red Hawks led 29-27 at halftime. They led by as many as 5 points in the first half, as the game was close throughout.
Both teams were tied at 13-13 at 11:05 in the first half. Then, Montclair State would lead the rest of the half, except for when Goldson made a layup to make it 16-16.
The Lions led in the first 9 minutes of the game. During this time, they led by as many as 5 points.
Eric Klacik scored 9 points, while Emmanul Matlock chipped in 5 points, with Skyelar Ettin and Darius Griffin Jr each scoring two points to round out the Lions scoring.
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