RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The East Stroudsburg University men's basketball team scored 62 first-half points on its way to a 109-85 non-conference victory over host Felician University on Tuesday evening at Job Gymnasium. The teams were meeting for the first time in nearly eight years.
East Stroudsburg, the 2017-18 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion, saw five players score in double figures. Senior guard Nick Giordano (Broomall, Pa./Marple Newtown) led the way with 24 points. Giordano played 28 minutes, the most of any Warrior.
ESU senior forward Josh Williams (Trenton, N.J./Notre Dame) recorded 22 points and 17 rebounds in 25 minutes. Warrior freshman Ryan Smith (Willow Street, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) shot 10-for-14 from the floor en route to a 21-point, 13-rebound night.
Felician junior guard Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J./University HS) topped all scorers with a career-high 25 points.
ESU (2-2) began to pull away in the early stages of the opening period. After a successful Wright jump shot tied the score at 14-14, the Warriors tallied the game's next 10 points. With 9:36 to play until halftime, East Stroudsburg had doubled up the Golden Falcons, 36-18.
An 18-7 run by the visitors turned a 13-point spread with 5:35 remaining in the first to 60-36 at the 1:07 mark. ESU carried that same margin, 62-38, into intermission. The Warriors shot 55 percent from the floor and committed only three turnovers in the opening half.
Felician (1-2) came as close as 86-67 during period two, but Giordano scored the contest's next five points to put the game away. ESU assumed its largest edge, 96-69, following a Williams lay-up at the 5:01 mark.
ESU hoisted up 88 shots on the night. The Warriors out-rebounded Felician, 55-35, and made 16 steals.
Golden Falcon freshman Jaylen Colon (Paterson, N.J./John F. Kennedy) totaled 14 points and four assists. Felician senior Rahsaan Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y./Chelsea CTE) (six rebounds) and junior Rachid Shimou (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) netted 12 points apiece.
Felician gave up its most points at home since a 114-52 loss to New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University) on Jan. 29, 2000, and its most overall since yielding a school-record 123 to Southern Connecticut State University on Nov. 21, 2014.
The victory was the 300th in the career of ESU coach Jeff Wilson. He is 300-165 (.645) in 17 years.
Felician plays at Adelphi University in non-league action on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Garden City, N.Y.