Big Day From Williams Not Enough For Men's Basketball

Rahsaan Williams (11) picked up 21 points and 15 rebounds in a Dec. 2, 2017, loss at Caldwell. (Steven R. Smith)
Rahsaan Williams (11) picked up 21 points and 15 rebounds in a Dec. 2, 2017, loss at Caldwell. (Steven R. Smith)

CALDWELL, N.J. – Despite season highs of 21 points and 15 rebounds from junior forward Rahsaan Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.), the Felician University men's basketball team was defeated by host Caldwell University, 92-76 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the George R. Newman Center. The game tipped off the 2017-18 CACC schedule for both schools.

Williams posted a "double-double" of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the second half alone. For the afternoon, he added two blocked shots and one steal in 31 minutes. Felician senior guard Gjaimeir Stanford (Wilmington, Del.) followed with 18 points and Golden Falcon sophomore guard Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.) scored 17.

But the visitors led for only 22 seconds of the contest. After jumping out to a 13-4 lead in the opening four minutes, Caldwell (2-6, 1-0 CACC) was ahead by at least seven points for the rest of the day. The Cougars ended up placing six scorers in double figures, led by 16 points each from senior Derek Dorn (New Rochelle, N.Y.) (four assists, four steals) and sophomore Zay Jennings (Allentown, Pa.)

Caldwell's 46-32 halftime edge matched its largest margin of the opening period. The Golden Falcons netted the first seven points of the second half to pull within seven, and trailed by nine with 14:17 to play in regulation. But a dunk by Ruud Lutterman (Gorinchem, Netherlands) marked the beginning of a 14-2 Cougar run which put the hosts up, 70-49, at the 10:10 mark.

Caldwell's largest bulge came with 7:34 to play, when A.J. Kittles (Glassboro, N.J.) canned a jump shot to make the score 80-56. The final 16-point margin was the closest Felician could get after that point.

The teams combined to commit 48 personal fouls and attempt 64 free throws. Caldwell went 28 for 30 at the charity stripe, a 93.3 percent clip, led by Vaughn Covington's (Sicklerville, N.J.) 8-for-8 performance. The Cougars also shot 51.8 percent from the floor for the day.

Junior swingman Terrell Spaulding (Paterson, N.J.) tallied nine points and seven rebounds for Felician (3-5, 0-1).

Felician returns home for a CACC affair with Nyack College on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Rutherford.