PHILADELPHIA – Junior guard Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.) scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half to help Felician University pull away for a 101-89 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory over host Chestnut Hill College on Saturday afternoon at Sorgenti Arena. Felician (11-11, 9-6 CACC) scored 100 or more points for the third time in its last six contests.
With the victory combined with other conference results on Saturday, the Golden Falcons inched closer to claiming the final playoff spot from the CACC North Division. Fourth-place Felician leads both Concordia (N.Y.) College and Post University by three games, with all three schools having four contests left to play. The Golden Falcons host Post on Tuesday and entertain Concordia on Feb. 23.
Wright was 12 of 13 at the foul line, all after halftime. Felician received 21 points from senior forward Rahsaan Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Freshman forward Dee-End McRae (Irvington, N.J.) (8-12 FG) came off the bench to record a season-high 19 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes.
Chestnut Hill senior Liban Awl (Manassas, Va.) (8-12 FG, 6-6 FT) topped all scorers with 25 points and added five assists and five steals.
A nip-and-tuck first half saw the Golden Falcons emerge with a 45-43 edge. Chestnut Hill moved ahead by a point on two occasions early in the second half, but Felician took the lead for good, 62-60, following a three-point field goal by Aziz Parker (Westhampton, N.J.) with 14 minutes, three seconds, left in regulation time.
Five consecutive points by Williams began a 10-2 run that allowed the visitors to extend to a 77-66 edge at the 9:18 mark. Felician pushed the spread to 15 points shortly thereafter and the Griffins were unable to challenge down the stretch.
The Griffins (3-20, 0-14) wasted a 57-percent shooting effort, in part by committed 24 turnovers while only forcing 13. Tony Toplyn Jr. (Sicklerville, N.J.) shot 9 for 12 for CHC and scored 20 points.
Parker finished with 12 points for Felician.