Men's Basketball Slowed By Dominican; Playoff Site Determined

(Photo by Artur Workstus '22)
(Photo by Artur Workstus '22)

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – The Felician University men's basketball team turned in its second-lowest point total and shooting percentage of the season during its 92-58 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference loss to host Dominican (N.Y.) College on Wednesday night on the Hennessy Center's Coach Baxter Court.

The loss, combined with other conference results on Wednesday, locked Felician (13-12, 11-7 CACC) into fourth place in the CACC North Division and determined its quarterfinal opponent in next week's league championship tournament. The Golden Falcons will travel to Philadelphia on Mar. 5 to face the Jefferson Rams, the South Division regular-season champion, at 5:30 p.m.

Junior guard Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.) totaled 17 points and four steals for Felician, which saw a three-game winning streak snapped. Golden Falcon redshirt freshman Aziz Parker (Westhampton, N.J.) added 13 points. Senior Ian Gardener (Norwalk, Conn.) led Dominican with 19 points, including an 8-for-8 performance at the foul line.

Wright scored the game's first points on a steal and layup, but after Charger junior Daraja Rodwell (Baldwin, N.Y.) nailed a three-point field goal with 18 minutes, 45 seconds, left in the first half, his team never trailed again. By the 13:33 mark, Dominican (19-7, 14-4) had extended to a 16-6 edge, and with 6:52 to play until the break, the Chargers were up, 38-15, following three Tavon Ginyard (Brentwood, N.Y.) free throws. The Golden Falcons trailed, 46-29, at halftime.

Early in period two, the hosts put the game out of reach. Dominican scored the first 10 points of the half, five by Gardener, for a 27-point gap at the 16:24 mark. A three-pointer by Wahaad Johnson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with 7:09 to go gave the Chargers their largest lead, 79-41.

Ginyard finished with 17 points off the Charger bench and Rodwell (6-9 FG) scored 15 points in 20 minutes. Felician received 10 points from freshman swingman Jay'von Jackson (Plainfield, N.J.).

Felician's 58 points were its least since a 70-56 loss at Pace University on Nov. 17, 2018, in the season's second game. The Chargers shot 55 percent from the floor and held the Golden Falcons to 31.3-percent shooting. Dominican also made 11 of 23 three-point attempts (48 percent) as opposed to 4 of 21 for Felician (19 percent).

The only game this season during which Felician shot worse than Wednesday night was its other loss to Dominican, a 30.5 rate on Dec. 19 in Rutherford.

Felician will celebrate Senior Day when it hosts Georgian Court University at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Rutherford, N.J. Senior forward Rahsaan Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and team manager Mitchelle Desrosiers will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.