RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Goldey-Beacom College led, 25-9, after 11 ½ minutes of its eventual 80-67 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory over host Felician University on Wednesday night at Job Gymnasium.
The game featured two of the CACC's top three scorers. Felician junior swingman Terrell Spaulding (Paterson, N.J./Eastside) totaled 25 points and eight rebounds to remain atop the league with 20.4 points per game. Junior guard Corey Taite (Sayreville, N.J./Sayreville War Memorial) led Goldey-Beacom, also amassing 25 points, and sits third in the CACC with a scoring average of 19.1.
Taite scored the game's first five points, and the Lightning (9-7, 5-2 CACC) never trailed. GBC moved ahead, 16-4, following a transition lay-up by Isiah Graves (Atlantic City, N.J./Morgan State University) with just under four minutes elapsed, and went ahead, 25-9, with 8:40 left in the first half following a three-point field goal by Mahir Johnson (Chester, Pa./Delaware State University). The Lightning's 44-26 halftime advantage matched its largest spread of the period.
Felician (6-8, 3-3) was limited to six field goals in the first half and shot 20.0 percent from the floor, as compared to 51.9 percent for the Lightning (14 for 27).
The Golden Falcons sliced their deficit to 11 points on a putback dunk by junior Rahsaan Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y./Chelsea CTE) with 18:31 remaining, but 2 ½ minutes later, Goldey-Beacom was back on top by 20. A three-pointer by Taite gave the visitors their largest bulge of the night, 71-47, at the 8:39 mark. Spaulding scored nine points in a 13-0 Felician run that brought the hosts back to within 11 with 4:32 to play, but the Golden Falcons went scoreless for the next 2 ½ minutes as GBC put the game away.
Felician sophomore Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J./University HS) finished with 11 points, and Williams scored 10 points with a game-high 13 rebounds. Johnson netted 11 points and Troy Stancil (Washington, D.C./Garden City CC) had 10 points and four blocks for Goldey-Beacom.
The Lightning shot 51.9 percent for the night, offsetting 27 turnovers. Felician was held to a 31.3-percent rate from the field, and scored 12 points fewer than its season average.
Felician ended a three-game homestand. The Golden Falcons travel to Holy Family University on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tipoff. The game time is a change from the originally listed start of 3 p.m.