Men's Basketball Unable To Play From Behind In Setback At Bloomsburg

Kennedy Chukwuocha earned his first double-double as a Golden Falcon with 12 points and 10 rebound in a Dec. 18, 2016, loss at Bloomsburg. (Steven R. Smith)
Kennedy Chukwuocha earned his first double-double as a Golden Falcon with 12 points and 10 rebound in a Dec. 18, 2016, loss at Bloomsburg. (Steven R. Smith)

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – The Felician University men's basketball team started slow and never led in its 79-70 non-conference loss to host Bloomsburg University on Sunday afternoon at the Nelson Field House.

Felician (6-7) received 24 points and six rebounds from junior guard Gjaimeir Stanford (Wilmington, Del.). Golden Falcon senior forward Kennedy Chukwuocha (Willingboro, N.J.) recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds for his first "double-double" in two years at Felician.

Junior forward Christian Mortellite (Hammonton, N.J.) paced Bloomsburg with 29 points, the most scored by a Felician individual opponent this season. Husky senior Donell Diggs (Washington, D.C.) tallied 16 points and eight assists.

Diggs assisted on a Mortellite three-point field goal, then went 4 for 4 at the foul line in a 16-second stretch, to put Bloomsburg up, 16-5, after seven minutes of game action. The Golden Falcons cut their deficit to 27-25 with 5:11 remaining in the first half, but Bloomsburg netted the final five points of the period to carry a 39-31 edge into halftime.

Stanford picked up three first-half personal fouls, and was whistled for his fourth with 11:45 remaining in the contest. But that did not prevent him from scoring 17 second-half points and helping keep Felician within striking distance for much of the period. The visitors were within 46-43 with 15:33 to play, and came as close as a five-point deficit on five other occasions.

After two Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.) foul shots made the score 64-59 with 4:45 to play, Mortellite buried a three-pointer on the other end. On Felician's next possession, Diggs made a steal and converted a lay-up to put the hosts ahead by 10 with 3:59 to play. The Golden Falcons never again came as close as two possessions of the Huskies.

Bloomsburg (4-5) was 22 for 26 (85 percent) at the foul line, with the combination of Diggs and Mortellite accounting for a 15 for 15 clip. The Huskies also blocked eight shots, including five by senior Malik Sneed (Washington, D.C.).

Senior Bryant Webb (Parlin, N.J.) scored 10 points and freshman Debon Bright (Woodland Park, N.J.) had a season-high seven for Felician.

The Golden Falcons are idle until traveling to Le Moyne College for a noon tip-off on Saturday, December 31.