Golden Falcon Men Show Rust In Home Loss To Dominican

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Jay'von Jackson matched his season high of 20 points in a Dec. 19, 2018, home loss to Dominican (N.Y.). (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Playing for the first time in 13 days, the Felician University men's basketball team was defeated by visiting Dominican (N.Y.) College, 84-70, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action on Wednesday night at Joal & Joe Job Gymnasium.

Dominican (7-2, 3-0 CACC) is ranked No. 8 in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region media poll. The Chargers were victorious for their fifth consecutive game. Felician was taking to its home court for the first time since Nov. 20.

Freshman guard Jay'von Jackson (Plainfield, N.J./St. Mary-Elizabeth) led all scorers with 20 points for Felician (2-6, 0-2). Golden Falcon junior guard Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J./University HS) scored 16 points with five rebounds. Junior guard Daraja Rodwell (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) led four double-figure scorers for Dominican with 17 points and added six rebounds.

A three-point field goal by senior Koree Hargraves (Teaneck, N.J./Canterbury School) on the Chargers' final possession of the first half allowed them to enter the break with a 43-36 lead, matching the visitors' largest spread of the period. Felician cut its deficit to four on a lay-up and free throw from Jaylen Colon (Paterson, N.J./John F. Kennedy) to start the second, and still trailed by five with 15:48 left in regulation time.

A three by Ian Gardener (Norwalk, Conn./Kolbe Cathedral) at the 15:00 mark touched off a 9-0 run for Dominican for a 14-point bulge. The Golden Falcons closed to within 65-57 following a Rachid Shimou (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) lay-up at 8:59, but when the Chargers' Brandt Roundtree (Plainfield, N.J./Patrick School) followed with a driving lay-up, the hosts never again were within a single-digit deficit. Dominican took its largest advantage, 82-63, on a run-out lay-up by Rodwell with 3:52 remaining. The Chargers never trailed on the night.

Felician shot a season-low 31 percent from the field. The Golden Falcons received seven points and seven rebounds in 16 bench minutes from freshman forward Dee-End McRae (Irvington, N.J./Newark Central). Junior Tavon Ginyard (Brentwood, N.Y./Brentwood) netted 16 points for Dominican.

Felician faces another long lay-off. After 10 idle days, the Golden Falcons host Southern New Hamphsire University on Dec. 30 at 3:30 p.m.