CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sophomore forward Terrell Spaulding (Paterson, N.J.) and junior guard Gjaimeir Stanford (Wilmington, Del.) combined for 47 points to lead Felician University to a 78-70 non-conference men's basketball victory over Livingstone College on Friday evening at Brayboy Gymnasium. The game began play in the two-day, four-team Johnson C. Smith University Tip-Off.
Felician (1-3) trailed, 42-30, at halftime, and by as many as 17 points in the second period.
Both Spaulding and Stanford are transfer students in their first playing season for the Golden Falcons. Spaulding totaled 27 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes, while Stanford turned in 20 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes of action. The duo combined to make 25 of 30 free-throw attempts.
Livingstone (0-1) tallied the final seven points of the opening half, capped by a three-point play from junior Samuel McClendon (Detroit, Mich.) to head into the locker room with the 12-point edge. Blue Bear senior Ramel Belfield (Raleigh, N.C.) buried a three-point field goal on his team's first possession after the break for a 45-30 lead.
Livingstone matched its largest bulge at 60-43 with 12:19 to play. But Felician embarked on an 11-0 run, with a steal and lay-in by freshman Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.) pulling the Golden Falcons to within a six-point deficit at the 9:10 mark.
Down 66-58 with 6:38 remaining, Felician made another push, scoring eight consecutive points and tying the contest on a pair of Bryant Webb (Parlin, N.J.) foul shots at 3:56. The score was even again at 69-69 at the 1:29 mark when Stanford canned a jumper, giving the Golden Falcons their first lead since 9 ½ minutes had gone by in the game. The Blue Bears got three offensive rebounds on their next possession, sandwiching a free throw from Belfield, but could not tie or move ahead. Livingstone came up empty again after Wright split a pair at the foul line, and the Golden Falcons secured the victory by going 6 for 6 at the charity stripe in the final 38 seconds.
Felician held the Blue Bears without a field goal for the final 2:43, outscoring them, 12-1 in that stretch.
Senior guard Eric Dortch-Jones led Livingstone with 17 points and added eight rebounds and four assists off the bench. Jimmy Wilson (Mableton, Ga.) totaled nine points and 15 rebounds, and David Duncan (Washington, D.C.) added nine points, 13 boards and three blocks for the Blue Bears.
Wright amassed 11 points and six assists and Webb nine points and six rebounds for the Golden Falcons.
Felician offset 30-percent shooting from the floor by outscoring Livingstone, 35-6, at the foul line. The Golden Falcons attempted 34 second-half free throws (making 27), as the Blue Bears were whistled for 34 personal fouls on the night and saw three players foul out.
Felician concludes play in the tournament on Saturday by facing host Johnson C. Smith at 4 p.m.