Men's Basketball Loses 70-57 Home Decision To Rams

Freshman William Phelps recorded season highs of 13 points and six rebound despite a Jan. 7, 2017, home loss to Philadelphia. (Steven R. Smith)
Freshman William Phelps recorded season highs of 13 points and six rebound despite a Jan. 7, 2017, home loss to Philadelphia. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University was unable to mount a successful second-half comeback in its 70-57 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball loss to visiting Philadelphia University on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium. Philadelphia (9-6, 5-2 CACC) is ranked No. 6 in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region writers' poll.

Freshman William Phelps (Linden, N.J./Linden) came off the Felician bench to produce season highs of 13 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes. Philadelphia rookie Kylan Guerra (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) led all players with 21 points and four steals.

Felician (6-10, 3-5) fell behind, 14-6, following a Guerra three-point field goal with 13 minutes, 20 seconds, to go in the first half. But a three-pointer by Tim Massado (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth) capped an 8-0 Golden Falcon run and gave the hosts the lead at the 6:46 mark. The Rams, however, scored the next six points and never trailed again. Consecutive lay-ups in transition by Guerra allowed Philadelphia to enter halftime with a 39-32 advantage.

Guerra tallied the first four points of period two, allowing the Rams to move ahead by 11. Felician came as close as 46-42 when Terrell Spaulding (Paterson, N.J./Eastside) (six points 12 rebounds) split a pair of three throws with 13:52 left in regulation time, but 3 ½ minutes later, the Rams were ahead by 11.

Philadelphia's largest lead, 64-49, came following a three by Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) at the 7:29 mark. The Golden Falcons netted the next eight points, but by then, only 3:14 remained, and the hosts did not score again. Felician shot 35 percent from the field for the second half, and 36 percent for the game.

Randolph canned six three-pointers and finished with 18 points and seven rebounds. The Rams committed only six turnovers on the day.

Gjaimeir Stanford (Wilmington, Del./Howard) scored 11 points and Kennedy Chukwuocha (Willingboro, N.J./Medford Tech) added 10 for Felician. Golden Falcon freshman Debon Bright (Woodland Park, N.J./DePaul Catholic) amassed a season-high eight points.

The teams combined to attempt just 17 free throws, and the game was played in fewer than 90 minutes.