Wright, Williams Score Late To Lift Men's Basketball Over GBC, 85-82

Men's basketball player in white jersey posting up
Dee-End McRae tied a Felician record by shooting 7 for 7 from the floor in a Jan. 26, 2019, win at Goldey-Beacom. (Steven R. Smith)

WILMINGTON, Del. – Senior forward Rahsaan Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) converted a go-ahead jump-hook shot with 18.7 seconds left in regulation time and Felician University went on to an 85-82 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory over host Goldey-Beacom College on Saturday afternoon at the Joseph West Jones Center.

Junior guard Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.) led Felician (7-9, 5-4 CACC) with 21 points. Wright made two free-throw attempts with 0:03.3 remaining to help secure the Golden Falcon victory. Williams, who was 7 for 10 from the field, totaled 16 points and six rebounds in only 13 minutes of action. Felician improved to 5-2 in January after starting the season 2-7.

Goldey-Beacom (8-11, 6-4) received 23 points, six rebounds and six assists from reigning CACC Player of the Year Corey Taite (Sayreville, N.J.). Lightning freshman Giovanni Jones (Norfolk, Va.) scored 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.

Felician led for much of the day. Ahead by as many as seven points on two occasions during the opening period, the visitors settled for a 42-39 halftime advantage.

The Golden Falcons scored the first eight points of the second half, spreading to an 11-point edge on a Williams dunk with 17:23 to play. The Lightning came within 61-59 following a three-point field goal by Troy Stancil (Washington, D.C.) at the 10:33 mark, but with the game clock showing 6:24, Felician extended its margin to 10, 71-61.

Taite spearheaded a final GBC push, netting 12 of his team's next 17 points. His three-pointer with 3:05 left tied the game at 76-76, and his pair of free throws at 2:25 gave the hosts their first lead of the half.

After the Lightning answered a tying Williams jump-hook with a Jones putback, Wright pulled up and buried a go-ahead three from inches in front of his team's bench. Once again, the hosts had the antidote, as Tevin Service (Union, N.J.) scored on a driving layup for an 82-81 GBC lead and 0:31.1 to play.

Out of a timeout, Felician worked the ball inside to Williams, who scored from straight on and about five feet away.

As the clock wound down on the other end of the floor, Taite drove from the right side and put up a floating jumper which rolled all the way around the rim before coming out. The loose ball went out of bounds last touched by the Lightning. The hosts were forced to foul, and Wright made two at the line, leaving GBC with only a desperation three as time expired.

Felician freshman Dee-End McCrae (Irvington, N.J.) came off the bench to record 14 points. He tied a Golden Falcon record by shooting 7 for 7 from the floor. Only Antoine Obery in 2009 has made as many field goals in a game without missing for the Golden Falcons. Fellow freshman Jaylen Colon (Paterson, N.J.) registered 13 points, all in the first half, and six assists.

Felician shot a season-high 56 percent, including 62 percent (16 for 26) in the second half. The Golden Falcons also held a 41-31 rebounding advantage, offsetting their 17 turnovers (and just six forced) and the Lightning's 17-17 performance at the foul line.

The Golden Falcons host Nyack College in CACC play on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Rutherford, N.J. Felician also announced that its home game against Holy Family University which was postponed on January 19 will be made up on Thursday, February 7, at 8 p.m.