WATERBURY, Conn. – Despite a career-high 26 points from senior forward Rahsaan Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Felician University came up on the short end of a 95-91 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball decision to host Post University on Tuesday night at the Drubner Center.
Williams added eight rebounds and three blocked shots to his line, and saw junior teammate Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.) record 18 points and seven rebounds. But Post (6-12, 3-6 CACC) placed six scorers in double figures, led by 21 points in 18 bench minutes from junior D.J. Jarrett (Waterbury, Conn.), to end the Golden Falcons' three-game winning streak.
The Eagles, who trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, grabbed the win by outscoring Felician, 8-0, in a 94-second span as the second-period game clock wound down. A layup by Post freshman Isaiah Holmes (Lowell, Mass.) with 1:37 to play represented the night's final lead change, putting the hosts ahead, 89-88.
During their next three possessions, the Golden Falcons attempted five field goals that would have tied the game or given them the lead but could not connect. During one sequence, with Post clinging to a one-point edge, juniors Savion Boissard (Walden, N.Y.) and Marcus Johnson (Evanston, Ill.) blocked consecutive shots in the low post. The Eagles went 6 for 6 at the foul line in the final 41 seconds, and Felician's Jay'von Jackson (Plainfield, N.J.) canned an inconsequential three-point field goal at 0:03 for the final margin.
Felician (6-9, 4-4) wasted advantages of 49-40 percent shooting from the floor and 49-41 on rebounds. Those edges were offset by the Golden Falcons' 19 turnovers, as compared to only eight turnovers forced. The Eagles drained 12 three-pointers and finished with a 17-12 edge at the foul line.
Holmes totaled 15 points and three steals and Levy Gillespie (Meriden, Conn.) netted 12 points for the hosts. Felician redshirt freshman Aziz Parker (Westhampton, N.J.), playing for the first time since November, scored 12 points.
The Golden Falcons jumped out to a 14-4 lead which included nine points from Williams. The bulge grew to 22-9 at the 14:40 mark after Wright made all three attempts of a three-shot foul. But with 9:26 left in the period, the Eagles had evened the score at 30-30. Williams, who tallied 14 first-half points, made a bucket on Felician's final possession of the period to bring his team into the locker room ahead, 48-46.
The Golden Falcons were up by eight points on three occasions in the second stanza, the final time at 79-71 with 8:07 remaining. But with 5:15 to go, a four-point play by Jarrett created an 84-84 deadlock, setting up the dramatic finish.
The Golden Falcons face Goldey-Beacom College in CACC action on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Wilmington, Del.