Men's Basketball Drops Non-League Road Tilt To ESU

Men's basketball timeout huddle.
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – Felician University allowed more than 50 points in each half of its 104-80 non-conference men's basketball loss to host East Stroudsburg University on Monday night at Koehler Fieldhouse. East Stroudsburg (3-1) is ranked No. 6 in the most recent NCAA Division II Atlantic Region writers' poll.

Felician senior guard Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.) led all players in the game with 19 points. The Golden Falcons received 17 points and seven rebounds from sophomore forward Dee-End McRae (Newark, N.J.). ESU placed five scorers in double-figures, paced by 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals from sophomore swingman Carlos Pepin (Lodi, N.J.).

The Warriors sank 14 three-point field goals in the game, outscoring Felician by eight points from distance. ESU also piled up a 48-38 rebounding advantage. Freshman Zach Sabol (Emmaus, Pa.) came off the bench to total six points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in 18 minutes for the Warriors.

ESU went ahead to stay in the latter stages of the first period. A three-pointer by Wright tied the score, 30-30, with four minutes, 47 seconds, left until halftime. A putback by Sabol, however, jumpstarted a 10-0 run for the home team. The Warriors led by the same margin, 51-41, at halftime.

Sophomore Marc Rodriguez (Philadelphia, Pa.) tallied the Warriors' first seven points of the second half to help his team extend to a 62-45 edge with just over 16 minutes remaining in regulation time. Never again would Felician cut the margin to single digits. By the 7:18 mark, ESU was ahead by 22, and the lead grew as large as 25 during the final minute.

Senior Jeff Lewis (Sicklerville, N.J.) registered his first double-double as a Golden Falcon, finishing with 11 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Felician freshman Josiah Basket (Oak Ridge, N.J.) scored a season-high 11 points in 11 minutes.

The Golden Falcons are idle until Nov. 30, when they travel to Indiana University of Pennsylvania for a 3 p.m. non-league contest. IUP is the No. 8-ranked team nationally in Division II.