Big Game From Big Man Williams Not Enough For Felician

Men's basketball interior drive to basket.
Rahsaan Williams recorded 24 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks in a Nov. 25, 2018, loss at Adelphi. (Steven R. Smith)

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The Adelphi University men's basketball team made 18 three-point field goals to key its 97-91 non-conference victory over visiting Felician University on Sunday afternoon at the Adelphi Center for Recreation and Sport.

Adelphi (2-2) shook off a 50-36 rebounding disadvantage, mostly caused by Felician senior forward/center Rahsaan Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.). The 6-foot-9 Williams recorded Golden Falcon career highs of 24 points and 20 rebounds, becoming just the fourth player in the 23-year history of Felician men's basketball to grab 20 or more boards in a game. Williams shot 10 for 17 from the floor and added five blocked shots and two assists in 32 minutes.

Junior guard Rachid Shimou (Pistacaway, N.J.) scored 23 points with five rebounds for the Golden Falcons (1-3) and classmate Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.) totaled 18 points. Junior guard Oswald Parker III (Abaco, Bahamas) topped five double figure scores for the Panthers with 26 points in 31 minutes off the bench.

After an offensive-minded first half ended with Adelphi ahead, 48-47, the lead changed hands four times in the first six minutes of period two as the teams kept up the scoring pace. The hosts went ahead for good, 62-61, on a three-pointer by Conor McGuinness (New City, N.Y.) with 14:29 left in regulation time.

It turned into the key stretch of the contest. Felician went scoreless for nearly three minutes of wall time, allowing the Panthers to build a 9-0 run and a 68-61 edge at the 12:01 mark. The Golden Falcons pulled within 73-71 on a steal and lay-in by freshman Jay'von Jackson (Plainfield, N.J.) at 9:40, but by the 6:40 mark, Adelphi had built its largest spread, 86-75, after a Jack Laffey (Red Bank, N.J.) three.

The Golden Falcons had one more run in them, closing to 89-85 following a successful Williams jumper. Ultimately, however, Felician too often traded points or stops with the Panthers in the closing minutes.

Nick Cambio (Tewksbury, Mass.) totaled 14 points, 13 rebounds and four assists for Adelphi. Laffey finished with 17 points, and McGuinness turned in 14 points, five rebounds and nine assists. Jackson scored 10 in 19 bench minutes for Felician.

The last "20-20" game for the Felician men before Williams on Sunday was authored by Antoine Obery, who scored a school-record-tying 39 points with 21 rebounds on Feb. 2, 2013, at Goldey-Beacom College.

The Golden Falcons play at Bloomsburg University, their second of three Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference opponents this season, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.