Men's Basketball Pulls Away For 90-72 Triumph Over Wilmington

Men's basketball player in rebounding position.
Jay'von Jackson totaled 14 points and seven rebounds in a Feb. 9, 2019 home win over Wilmington. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University used a strong defensive second half to pull away from visiting Wilmington (Del.) University for a 90-72 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.

Felician (10-10, 8-5 CACC) has won 8 of 11 games since the calendar flipped to 2019. It is shooting 48.4 percent from the field during that stretch. With six games remaining, the Golden Falcons sit in fourth place in the CACC North Division, two games in front of Concordia (N.Y.) College for the division's final playoff berth.

The Golden Falcons tied the school record of 17 three-point field goals. They had just set the mark 10 days earlier in a home victory over Nyack College.

Junior guard Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J./University HS) topped a balanced Felician offense with 18 points and added five assists. Freshman swingman Jay'von Jackson (Plainfield, N.J./St. Mary-Elizabeth) tallied 14 points and seven rebounds.

The lead changed hands seven times an offensive-minded first half. Felician shot 54 percent from the field for the period and Wilmington 51 percent, with a closing 15-5 run by the Golden Falcons allowing them to head into halftime with a 53-47 edge.

Three minutes into the second half, Felician was still ahead, 55-50. With 16:55 to play, Jackson was fouled attempting a three-pointer, and made all three ensuing free throws. That touched off a 25-6 run for the Golden Falcons over the next eight minutes which effectively put the game away. The 80-56 score held until the 6:35 mark, when a Jackson three handed the hosts their largest bulge of the day.

Felician held the Wildcats to 23-percent shooting in the second half (9 for 40) and 25 points. The Golden Falcons also piled up a 35-18 latter-period rebounding advantage, and a 53-33 edge on the boards for the afternoon.

Wilmington junior Jermaine Head (Edgewood, Md./Joppatowne), the CACC's leading scorer, produced 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Sophomore Danny Walsh (Bear, Del./William Penn) (7-10 FG) added 17 points for the Wildcats (9-13, 6-7).

Felician freshman Aziz Parker (Westhampton, N.J./Medford Tech) netted 13 points. Sophomore Manny Warren Jr. (South Amboy, N.J./St. Mary-Elizabeth) was 4 for 4 from distance and recorded 12 points, a career-high nine rebounds and five assists.

The teams combined to attempt only 13 free throws. The game was played in one hour, 29 minutes.

The Golden Falcons take a short trip to the North's third-place team, Caldwell University, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Felician trails the Cougars by a half-game in the standings.