NYACK, N.Y. – Despite placing five scorers in double figures, the Felician University men's basketball team lost in overtime to host Nyack College, 83-78, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action on Tuesday night at Bowman Gymnasium. The game ended the 2016-17 season for both schools.
Freshman guard Debon Bright (Woodland Park, N.J.) came off the bench to top Felician (10-17, 7-12 CACC) with a season-high 18 points. Golden Falcon sophomore forward Terrell Spaulding (Paterson, N.J.) registered 15 points and nine rebounds. Senior Jaron Smith (Jersey City, N.J.) led all players with 21 points for Nyack.
The game was tied three times and saw two lead changes in the final three minutes of regulation. With Felician ahead by one, Nyack senior Ga'Briel Chandler (Atlantic City, N.J.) was fouled with 31 seconds remaining, but converted just one of his two free-throw attempts. Bright was unable to connect on a three-point attempt in the closing seconds, and the teams headed into the extra session even, 70-70.
Nyack (7-19, 3-16) took control by holding the Golden Falcons to two points over the first 4 ½ minutes of overtime. Smith gave the Warriors the lead for good with a three-point field goal on his team's first possession. The hosts led, 77-72, after a jumper by Rashard Lewis (Chesterfield, Va.) with 1:06 to play, and Imran Ritchie (Uniondale, N.Y.) went 6 for 6 at the foul line down the stretch to secure the Warrior victory.
Ritchie was 10 for 10 at the line for the night and finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Chandler totaled 14 points and eight boards, and Lewis had 13 points and seven caroms to pace the hosts.
Felician senior Kennedy Chukwuocha (Willingboro, N.J.) went 6 for 7 from the field and scored 14 points. The Golden Falcons received 11 points from Bryant Webb (Parlin, N.J.) and 10 by Gjaimeir Stanford (Wilmington, Del.).
The Golden Falcons led by as many as 16 points in the first period, and 48-37 at halftime. A three-pointer by Spaulding early in the second half restored a 14-point edge, but with 7:09 remaining in regulation, Nyack had knotted the score, 62-62.