RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A successful turnaround jump shot by senior forward Jeyvi Miavivululu (Paterson, N.J./Paterson Catholic) with 2.8 seconds left in regulation time lifted Felician College to a 78-76 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory over visiting Wilmington (Del.) University on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium. Felician (5-17, 5-11 CACC) earned consecutive victories for the first time this season.
During the second half, Felician senior forward J.R. Pringley (Elizabeth, N.J./Linden) scored his 1,000th career point. He is the seventh male Golden Falcon to reach that milestone in the program's 19-year history.
Miavivululu finished the day with a career-high 25 points, and also led all players with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. He posted his fifth "double-double" of the season. The Golden Falcons received 15 points and five assists from sophomore guard Damiun Moore (Manchester, N.J./Manchester Township) (5-7 FG, 3-3 3FG, 2-2 FT). Sophomore Tyaire Ponzo-Meek (Wilmington, Del./Howard) topped five double-figure scorers for the Wildcats (8-18, 7-10) with 20 points.
The game featured eight ties and 17 lead changes, and the teams were never separated by more than five points during the second half. A fall-away jumper by Miavivululu put Felician on top, 74-73, with 0:34 to play, and after a defensive stop, Moore canned two free throws for a three-point edge. But Ponzo-Meek was then fouled attempting a three-point field goal, and made all three shots to knot things at 76-76 and just under 0:15 to play.
On the next possession, Felician sophomore guard Tim Massado (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) worked the ball to Miavivululu just outside of the right block. The senior immediately spun and knocked down a contested shot from about eight feet away. Following a time-out, Wilmington could only manage a desperation half-court heave by Valentino Thompson (Tinton Falls, N.J./Monmouth Regional) which fell short of the rim as time expired.
The Wildcats had erased an early 24-16 deficit to take a 40-36 lead into halftime.
After posting back-to-back 30+ point games, Pringley was held to eight points and four rebounds on Saturday. But he reached the 1,000-point plateau when he made the first of two foul-shot attempts with 2:42 to play. He also made the second one to pull his team to within 72-71.
Junior Lamine Cooper (Willingboro, N.J./Medford Tech) added 10 points for the hosts. Wilmington's Thompson turned in 16 points and five assists.
Felician completes its home schedule by celebrating Senior Night on Tuesday against Dominican (N.Y.) College.