RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Junior guard Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.) scored 24 points with a career-high seven rebounds and senior forward Rahsaan Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) produced 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Felician University to a 75-62 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory over host Concordia (N.Y.) College on Tuesday evening at the Meyer Athletic Center.
Wright and Williams were the only two players in uniform on Tuesday for the Golden Falcons who were members of last year's Felician team. They helped lead the visitors to a 47-33 rebounding advantage, including 36-19 on the defensive glass. The double-double for Williams (9-12 FG) was his third of the season and the 17th of his two-year Felician career.
Junior transfer Rachid Shimou (Piscataway, N.J.) turned in 15 points and season bests of eight rebounds and five assists in support of the Felician victory. Graduate guard Cedrick McFadden (Washington, D.C.) topped Concordia (4-10, 1-4 CACC) with 16 points.
Wright scored 13 points in a 15-0 Felician run late in the first half which extended a two-point lead to 36-19 with 4:32 to play in the first period. The Clippers scored the final nine points of the half, however, and entered the break trailing, 38-29.
Concordia erased the rest of the deficit within the first 5:12 of period two, taking a 46-45 lead on a McFadden three-pointer. On Felician's next possession, Isiah Hinton-Gray (Brooklyn, N.Y.) converted a putback layup which ended up giving the visitors the lead for good.
A pair of successful free throws by Clipper senior Stephen Milhaven (Port Washington, N.Y.) pulled the hosts to within 50-48 and 11:49 remaining. But three-pointers by Shimou then book-ended a 10-0 Felician run for a 12-point edge. Still up 11 at the 7:02 mark, the Golden Falcons saw their spread whittled to 64-59 at 3:44. A Williams jump shot restored order for the visitors, and Felician went 9 for 10 at the foul line during the final 2:26 to secure the win.
Felician (4-8, 2-3) handed out 20 assists on its 26 field goals but survived committing a season-high 22 turnovers. Freshman Jaylen Colon (Paterson, N.J.) had 10 assists (against four turnovers) to go along with his four points.
Felician embarks upon its first of two CACC trips to Philadelphia this season on Saturday, when it takes on the University of the Sciences at 3 p.m. in Center City.