DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Senior guard Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.) scored 29 points in 26 minutes and sophomore forward Dee-End McRae (Newark, N.J.) registered 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Felician University to a 98-80 non-conference men's basketball victory over host Mercy College on Wednesday night at Victory Hall.
Wright drained seven of his 10 attempts from three-point range, falling one short of the Felician record for threes in a game held by teammate Jay'von Jackson (Plainfield, N.J.). Overall Wright was 9 for 15 from the floor and 4 for 5 at the foul line.
Junior forward Bryan Griffin (Pomona, N.Y.) led Mercy (0-3) with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
The Golden Falcons (2-1) broke the game open in the mid-to-late stages of the first half. Ahead, 17-16, after a Griffin putback dunk with just under seven minutes gone by, the visitors put together a 29-8 run that ate up nearly 10 minutes of game time and left them ahead by 22. Felician settled for a 53-37 halftime advantage after McRae's buzzer-beating lay-up.
A Wright trifecta with 16:35 to play in regulation time gave Felician its largest bulge of the night, 65-42. But the Mavericks chipped away. A Griffin layup capped an 18-3 spurt that pulled the hosts within eight at the 9:22 mark. Still ahead 76-66, at the 8:05 mark, Felician tightened its defense, holding Mercy to one point over the next four minutes to pull away.
McRae's double-double was his first of the season and the second of his career. Jackson scored 18 points with four steals, and freshman guard Nas Amos (Newark, N.J.) totaled 13 points and six assists for Felician.
The Golden Falcons shot 50 percent from the field while holding the Mavericks to a 36-percent figure. Felician was 12 for 23 beyond the three-point arc (52 percent) while Mercy went just 4 for 22 (18 percent) from distance.
Mercy received 17 points from junior guard Nakeem Hamilton (Bronx, N.Y.)
Felician plays its home opener on Saturday at 3 p.m. against Bloomsburg University in Rutherford, N.J.