NYACK, N.Y. – The Felician College men's basketball team erased a 10-point second-half deficit to earn a 77-69 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over host Nyack College on Wednesday night at Bowman Gymnasium. The contest marked the beginning of CACC play for both schools. Felician (1-2, 1-0 CACC) picked up its first win of 2013-14.
Nyack (1-1, 0-1) led, 45-35, with 16 minutes, 53 seconds, left in regulation. But it took the Golden Falcons fewer than five minutes of game time to eliminate that deficit and capture their first lead of the night, 49-48, on a Jeyvi Miavivululu (Paterson, N.J.) jumper. At the 9:34 mark, senior guard Anthony Obery (Roselle, N.J.) scored in transition to snap a 53-53 tie and give the visitors the advantage they would never relinquish.
Felician clung to a two-point edge at 5:25 before a three-point field goal by freshman Tim Massado (Wilmington, Del.) touched off a 10-2 run that clinched the victory. The Warriors went 2 for 10 at the free-throw line in the game's final five minutes, and shot just 44 percent from the charity stripe (12 for 27) for the night.
Miavivululu, Massado and sophomore Jamal Reid (Newark, N.J.) combined to tally 32 of Felician's 46 second-half points. Miavivululu picked up his first career double-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in 28 minutes off the bench. Reid amassed 16 points, seven assists and four steals, and all of Massado's eight points came after halftime.
Junior J.R. Pringley (Elizabeth, N.J.) topped four Felician double-figure scorers with 18 points. Obery scored 11 points with six rebounds, helping the Golden Falcons to a 49-38 rebounding advantage.
Junior guard Khalid Samuels (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) made 6 of 8 three-point attempts and led Nyack with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. The Warriors scored 14 of the game's first 16 points and were ahead, 36-31 at halftime.