Jackson’s 37 Leads To Blowout Win vs NJCU

Written by on January 20, 2024

By Earl Spence 

The Red Hawks entered this game having an 11-6 record with their NJAC record being 6-4. They were on fire to start the game off having a 10-7 lead which turned up to 24-6 scoring run. It was a high scoring first half where the Redhawks had a 52-44 lead. The Redhawks were very efficient in the beginning of the first half. As a team they shot 45% from the field, 43% from three and a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. They were led by Mike Jackson who had 26 points including his 1,000th career point in the first half and he wasn’t done there. NJCU entered this game with a record of 5-11 and their record in the NJAC being 2-7. They were coming off a loss to Stockton where Montclair lost to them on January 6th. It was a relatively close first half competing with the Redhawks. NJCU shot 48% from the field, they hit 2 threes at 40%, and they shot more free throws than the Redhawks as a team being 14-18 at the free throw line shooting 77% as a team. The 2nd half was a complete change of the tide for both sides. It went very well for the Redhawks but poor for NJCU. The Redhawks couldn’t seem to miss in the second half only missing five shots shooting 60.5% from the field. They made 6 threes in the second half at 42%. NJCU shot 32% from the field and 64% from the free throw line. The Redhawks ended up winning the game 107-81. They dominated from the start of the game and turned it up in the second half to finish the job.  Mike Jackson led the way for the Redhawks with 37 points. His averages jump up to 18.4 points per game. Samar Abdullah chipped in and had 20 points which is his career high. Kieran Flanagan had a game high of 9 assists. The Redhawks scored their most points in a game this season where they had 107 points. NJCU had 4 players in double figures. Jaheim Lewis, the team’s leading scorer on the season, had 20 points. NJCU looks to end their 2 game losing streak with their next opportunity being at home Saturday January 20th at 3:00. The Redhawks look to continue their winning streak where they face Rutgers-Camden at home in Panzer Athletic Center at 1:00 on Saturday January 20th. They also face Rutgers-Newark January 24th on the road at Newark at 8:00pm.