WILMINGTON, Del. – The Goldey-Beacom College men's basketball team shot 56 percent from the floor in its 92-83 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over visiting Felician University on Tuesday night at the Joseph West Jones Center. With the win, Goldey-Beacom (11-3, 6-2 CACC) moved into a tie for first place in the CACC South Division.
Sophomore forward Terrell Spaulding (Paterson, N.J.) and junior guard Gjaimeir Stanford (Wilmington, Del.) scored 17 points each for Felician (6-11, 3-6). Lightning senior guard Shakeem Wilson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (8-12 FG, 4-6 3FG) topped all players with 22 points.
Felician was done in by a 14-2 GBC run mid-way through the second half. The Lightning led, 45-44, at halftime, and each team managed only six points in the first six minutes of period two. But a three-point field goal by GBC sophomore Rachid Shimou (Piscataway, N.J.) touched off the decisive spurt, and by the time Shimou scored in transition with 10:29 to play, the hosts had matched their largest lead, 65-52,.
Spaulding netted the game's next eight points, and the Golden Falcons would pull to within 65-62 on a Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.) lay-up with 8:14 to play. But, out of a Goldey-Beacom timeout, Wilson nailed a three, and another trifecta by Parris Ridgeway-Higgs (New Castle, Del.) with 7:02 remaining made it 71-62. Felician never again got closer than a seven-point deficit.
Both teams placed four scorers in double figures. Felician senior Bryant Webb (Parlin, N.J.) produced 12 points, six rebounds and seven assists, and freshman William Phelps (Linden, N.J.) tallied 12 points and seven caroms off the Golden Falcon bench. Ridgeway-Higgs and Riyan Williams (Dunkirk, Md.) finished with 15 points each and Dante Thompson (Coram, N.Y.) (7-11 FG) turned in 14 for the hosts.
The Lightning began the game at a blistering pace. A Thompson dunk with 10:13 left in the first half gave GBC a 30-13 lead. Felician whittled a 12-point deficit to five on a Debon Bright (Woodland Park, N.J.) lay-up at the 4:47 mark of the half, and pulled to within a point on Stanford's three on its final possession before intermission. Goldey-Beacom shot 59 percent from the floor and Felician 55 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
The Golden Falcons return home on Saturday to face Georgian Court University at 3:30 p.m. in Rutherford, N.J.