RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University junior forward Rahsaan Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y./Chelsea CTE) scored a season-high 24 points and added 12 rebounds as the Golden Falcons defeated visiting Concordia (N.Y.) College, 98-87, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Job Gymnasium.
Williams, who earned his third "double-double" of the season, topped all five Felician starters scoring in double figures. Sophomore guard Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J./University HS) netted 18 points, while junior swingman Terrell Spaulding (Paterson, N.J./Eastside) totaled 17 points and six rebounds.
Senior guard Elijah Brown (Maplewood, N.J./The Robinson School) (8-12 FG) came off the bench to lead Concordia (5-8, 0-5 CACC) with 21 points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes. Clipper junior forward Stephen Milhaven (Port Washington, N.Y./St. Thomas More) scored 14 points, including the 1,000th of his career.
Led by Williams' 10-for-13 figure, the Golden Falcons shot 56.3-percent from the field for the night, including 61.5 percent in the second half. For the season, Felician is shooting 46.9 percent in its six home games, and 38.8 percent in six games away from Rutherford.
On Wednesday, eight consecutive points by Brown left Felician behind, 34-19, with nine minutes, one second remaining in the first half. The Golden Falcons responded with the next seven points, and still trailed by that same eight point margin following a Milhaven lay-up at the 5:56 mark.
But a Wright three-pointer jump-started a 16-5 Felician run to close out the half. The Golden Falcons went ahead to stay on a three by Mansfield Warren Jr. (South Amboy, N.J./St. Mary-Elizabeth) with 1:45 before the break, and despite a buzzer-beating putback by the Clippers' Justyn Gardner (Queens, N.Y./Construction), Felician entered halftime ahead, 46-43.
The hosts quickly took control in period two, with another Warren three-pointer capping a 15-3 spurt for a 61-46 advantage with 14:38 remaining. The Golden Falcons led by as many as 23 points on six occasions, with the final 11-point margin the closest the game had been since 9:45 was left.
Warren scored 10 points with five assists and Jordan Compas (Yonkers, N.Y./St. Anthony-Jersey City [N.J.]) also had 10 points for Felician (5-7, 2-2).
Felician plays its third CACC North Division contest in seven days when it hosts Post University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.