Felician Men Use Record Shooting To Get Past Golden Bulls

Bryant Webb scored 23 points in 23 minutes in a Nov. 19, 2016 road win over Johnson C. Smith. (Steven R. Smith)
Bryant Webb scored 23 points in 23 minutes in a Nov. 19, 2016 road win over Johnson C. Smith. (Steven R. Smith)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Felician University men's basketball team shot 62.7 percent from the floor, believed to be a program record, in its 91-81 non-conference victory over host Johnson C. Smith University on Saturday afternoon at Brayboy Gymnasium. Felician (2-3) earned its second win over a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association opponent in as many days.

The game concluded the two-day, four-team Johnson C. Smith Tip-Off tournament.

Felician senior guard Bryant Webb (Parlin, N.J.) led all players with 23 points in 23 minutes off the bench. Webb shot 8 for 11 from the field and made 7 of 9 free-throw attempts. Golden Falcon sophomore forward Terrell Spaulding (Paterson, N.J.) registered 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Junior guard Christian Kirchman (Roanoke, Va.) topped four double-figure scorers with 21 points and added six assists for JCSU (2-2).

The Golden Bulls were ahead, 19-12, after 6 ½ minutes of action. But Felician scored the game's next 12 points, with a Webb jumper with 11:28 left in the first half, sandwiched by a pair of Gjaimeir Stanford (Wilmington, Del.) three-point field goals, giving the visitors the lead for good. The spurt was part of an overall 25-3 run that ate nearly nine minutes of game time and put the Golden Falcons ahead by 15.

JCSU answered with a 10-0 uprising, capped by consecutive buckets from junior Robert Davis (West Friendship, Md.), that pulled the hosts to within 37-32. Felician took a 43-36 edge into halftime.

Junior Jamar Redmond (Roselle, N.J.) canned three-pointers on Felician's first two possessions of the second half to put his team ahead by 13. The Golden Bulls closed to within a six-point deficit on two occasions, but both times, Golden Falcon senior Lamine Cooper (Willingboro, N.J.) came up with hoops to quell the hosts' momentum. Felician was ahead, 75-68, with 4:16 to play, then put the game away with a 9-0 run over the next three minutes.

The Golden Falcons made 9 of 15 threes on the day, led by a 4-of-4 figure from Spaulding. Stanford netted 14 points with five assists, and Cooper contributed nine points in nine minutes.

The previous best shooting percentage in a game on file in the Felician archives is a .623 performance on Jan. 13, 2001, in a home contest against New Jersey Institute of Technology. The Golden Falcons were 38 for 61 on that day; they were 32 of 51 on Saturday.

Davis scored 19 points with three steals for JCSU.