Felician Exits Break Cold, Falls At Pace, 70-56

(Photo by Steven R. Smith)
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Felician University men's basketball team was held scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second half in an eventual 70-56 non-conference loss to host Pace University on Saturday afternoon at the Goldstein Fitness Center.

Felician (1-1) received 15 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench from freshman forward Dee-End McRae (Irvington, N.J.). Pace sophomore guard Brandon Jacobs (Cambria Heights, N.Y.) played all 40 minutes and recorded a game-high 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

The Golden Falcons began the game on a positive note, moving out to a 19-8 lead following a three-point field goal by Raheem Carter (Long Branch, N.J.) with seven minutes, 45 seconds, gone by in the contest. Pace, however, tallied the game's next 13 points, taking a 21-19 lead on a Jacobs jumper with 8:17 to play until halftime.

The Setters led by as many as seven points in the period. A buzzer beater by Felician junior Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.), however, pulled the visitors within 36-33 at the half.

Out of the locker room, the Felician offense went cold again. In a seven-minute stretch, the Golden Falcons were 0 for 10 from the floor, 0 for 2 at the foul line, and committed four turnovers. The Setters took advantage by building a 50-33 edge.

Pace (2-2) assumed its largest spread, 53-35, following a Jacobs three-pointer with 12:40 to play. Felician never came any closer than a 12-point deficit the rest of the way.

Wright and Jay'von Jackson (Plainfield, N.J.) finished with 10 points each for the Golden Falcons, and junior Rachid Shimou (Piscataway, N.J.) amassed eight points, seven rebounds and three steals. Junior Peyton Wejnert (Point Pleasant, N.J.) totaled 16 points and eight rebounds for the Setters, while teammate Greg Poleon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 15 points, pulled down nine boards and blocked three shots.

Felician was held to 35 percent shooting from the floor, including 4 of 19 (21 percent) from three-point range.

Felician hosts East Stroudsburg University on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Rutherford, N.J.