Nyack Defense Stifles Men's Basketball

Nyack Defense Stifles Men's Basketball

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College was held to 36-percent shooting from the floor and committed a season-high-matching 25 turnovers in its 83-63 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball loss to visiting Nyack College on Tuesday night at Job Gymnasium.

Nyack sophomore forward Frank Martin (Miami, Fla./Doral Academy) came off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points in 23 minutes. He topped four Warriors in double figures in points. Senior guard Anthony Obery (Roselle, N.J./Abraham Clark) amassed 17 points and six rebounds before fouling out for Felician (4-11, 2-6 CACC).

The game's first 18 minutes featured eight ties and 12 lead changes. Nyack (6-9, 4-5) went ahead to stay on a Martin lay-up with two minutes, 20 seconds left in the first half, a basket that touched off a 12-0 Warrior run. A late three-point field goal by Owen Barnes (Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck) ended the skid for the Golden Falcons, but Nyack junior Khalid Samuels (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon) canned a running three from 27 feet out as time expired to give the Warriors a 47-36 halftime edge.

Felician trimmed its deficit to eight on two occasions early in period two, but the Warriors countered with a 14-3 run for a 66-47 lead with 11:01 to play. Nyack was ahead by as many as 23 points in the closing minutes. The Golden Falcons shot 28 percent (7 for 25) after halftime.

For the Warriors, Chris Hampton (Queens, N.Y./Princeton Day) totaled 15 points and Samuels added 13. Junior forward Nick Moore (Sicklerville, N.J./Camden County CC) put up 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Barnes' eight points were a season-high for Felician. Obery was 4 for 7 from three-point range but his teammates were only 4 for 17.

The two teams combined to post 53 personal fouls and 63 free-throw attempts. The Golden Falcons and Warriors played to a split of their regular-season series.

Felician, which has lost seven consecutive games, was playing at home for the first time since Dec. 4 and for just the third time this season. The Golden Falcons host Dominican (N.Y.) College on Saturday at 7 p.m. in a make-up of a Dec. 14 snow-out.