RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Junior guard Rachid Shimou (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) drained a tie-breaking three-point field with 45.4 seconds remaining in regulation time to lift the Felician University men's basketball team to a 96-90 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over visiting Bloomfield College on Wednesday night at Job Gymnasium.
Junior guard Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J./University HS) scored a career high 34 points for Felician (6-8, 4-3 CACC), which has won three consecutive games for the first time since November 2017. Wright went 6 for 6 at the foul line in the game's final 28 seconds to secure the victory.
Bloomfield (8-8, 6-1) fell out of a first-place tie in the CACC North Division, dropping a conference game for the first time this season. The Golden Falcons snapped a six-game losing streak to the Bears, having not defeated Bloomfield since Feb. 10, 2015, in Essex County.
Wright was 11 for 18 from the field, and 6 for 11 from distance, helping Felician to a season-high 13 three-pointers. Felician freshman Jaylen Colon (Paterson, N.J./John F. Kennedy) collected his first collegiate double-double with 10 points and 12 assists.
The Bears were led by their prolific senior duo of Keith Washington (Philadelphia, Pa./Frankford) and Kavione Green (Amityville, N.Y./Amityville). Washington went 12 for 14 at the foul line and poured in 26 points with 10 assists, while Green, who spend much of the first half in foul trouble, ended up with 22 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes.
Bloomfield built an early 18-9 lead, but the Golden Falcons clawed back for a 26-21 advantage. Felician led by six points on two occasions late in the first period and settled for a 45-41 halftime advantage.
The sides remained within one possession of each other for the first eight minutes of period two. But a quick 9-1 run on three Wright threes allowed Felician to own its largest spread of the night, 72-62, with 8:35 to play. Bloomfield chipped away, and by the 5:33 mark had knotted the score at 77-77.
With 2:37 to go, the teams found themselves even again, 85-85, prior to trading several empty possessions. Wright broke the spell by canning a jumper with a toe on the three-point line, but Washington made two foul shots on the other end. On their next possession, the Golden Falcons swung the ball to Shimou in the left corner, and the transfer pump-faked and evaded a defender before putting his team ahead for good.
Bloomfield elected to attempt a quick two-pointer, but an entry pass was fumbled away. Rahsaan Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y./Chelsea CTE), Felician's only senior, dove on top of the loose ball, and a heady Shimou called timeout. The Bears sent Wright to the charity stripe for three 1-and-1 situations down the stretch, and he converted all six attempts to make Shimou's shot stand up.
Freshman Jay'von Jackson (Plainfield, N.J./St. Mary-Elizabeth) totaled 15 points and six rebounds and Shimou finished with 12 points and five boards for Felician. Williams, the reigning CACC Defensive Player of the Week, contributed six points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots. The Golden Falcons survived committing 21 turnovers by shooting 49 percent from the field and producing 24 assists on their 36 field goals.
The game featured 12 ties and 16 lead changes.
The Golden Falcons are back in Rutherford to entertain Holy Family University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in more CACC action.