RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University men's basketball team earned its most convincing victory in a decade when it defeated visiting Post University, 86-50, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.
Junior swingman Terrell Spaulding (Paterson, N.J./Eastside) topped Felician (6-7, 3-2 CACC) with 30 points and 13 rebounds, his fourth "double-double" of the season. The Golden Falcons received 22 points and four assists from senior guard Gjaimeir Stanford (Wilmington, Del./Howard).
The 36-point margin of victory was the largest for Felician since November 24, 1997, when it iced the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras by 39, 97-58, in Rutherford. The school record for victory margin is 60, coming back on January 25, 1997, versus Bard College (99-39).
The Golden Falcons were coolly efficient on both sides of the ball on Saturday. They shot 47.6 percent from the field, including 13 for 26 from three-point range, and committed a season-low six turnovers (while handing out 18 assists). Meanwhile, the Felician defense held Post (3-11, 2-5) to 29.9 percent shooting, and just 19.2 percent (5 for 26) from distance. The hosts blocked six shots, including five by junior Rahsaan Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y./Chelsea CTE), who also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Felician looked to turn up the heat early, resulting in a 16-4 lead after just 4 ½ minutes of play. That score held for three-plus minutes as both teams cooled off, but three-point field goals by Mansfield Warren Jr. (South Amboy, N.J./St. Mary-Elizabeth) and Stanford made the score 22-4 with 11:03 left in the opening period.
Golden Falcon sophomore Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J./University HS) canned threes on consecutive possessions to allow his team to extend to a 31-6 edge at the 7:56 mark. The largest spread of the half came at 36-10 following a Stanford lay-up with 5:53 remaining, before Felician settled for a 38-17 halftime edge. Stanford and Wright netted 12 points apiece in the opening 20 minutes.
The Eagles began the second half with a 8-3 run to pull within 41-25, but that was as close as the game would become. Back-to-back three-pointers by Wright and Stanford gave control back to the hosts, and Spaulding tallied 23 second-half points to help Felician pull away.
Wright finished with 18 points and Warren totaled eight points, five rebounds and five assists. Freshman Jaylen Washington (Brooklyn, N.Y./Tuscarora) led Post with 11 points off the bench, and Eagle senior Joseph Lockwood (London, England/Barking Abbey Academy) added 10 points and seven rebounds.
The game was played in a brisk one hour, 18 minutes.
Felician makes its first foray of the season into the CACC South Division when it hosts Goldey-Beacom College on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in frosty Rutherford.