Bentley Falcons Withstand Host Auric Birds, 74-64

Men's basketball player in behind-the-back dribble.
Jalyen Colon scored 16 points during a Dec. 21, 2019, home loss to Bentley. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University sophomore guard Jaylen Colon (Paterson, N.J./John F. Kennedy) produced season highs of 16 points and three steals but the Golden Falcons were defeated, 74-64, by visiting Bentley University in non-conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.

Bentley (9-2), which had not played since Dec. 10, is ranked No. 5 in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region media poll. The Falcons and Golden Falcons were meeting for just the second time ever and the first occasion in Rutherford.

During the first half, Bentley shot 52 percent from the floor, committed only one personal foul, and turned the ball over just three times. It was also 9 for 16 from three-point range for the period, which ended with the visitors ahead, 50-35.

Bentley senior forward Chris Hudson (Hodgdon, Maine/Williston Northampton) converted layups on his team's first two possessions of the second half. When sophomore teammate Brian Wright-Kinsey (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooks School) buried a three-pointer with 18 minutes, five seconds, to play in regulation time, the Falcons had taken their largest lead of the day, 57-35.

The hosts returned to contention with a 14-3 run. That spurt still left an 11-point deficit for Felician at the 12:08 mark, and Bentley senior Seth Stankiewicz (Reading, Pa./The Hill School) brought it to an abrupt halt with the game's next five points. But Felician continued to pressure a suddenly sloppy Bentley offense, slicing the spread to 68-62 on a Dee-End McRae (Newark, N.J./Newark Central) bucket with 5:49 to play.

The hosts never drew closer, however. Felician missed on its next four shots -- also clanking three free throws during that span -- allowing Bentley to maintain a 10-point edge at the 1:54 mark and fend off the hosts the rest of the way. The Golden Falcons were held to their lowest scoring output of the season.

Bentley sophomore guard Mason Webb (Oklahoma City, Okla./B.P. McGuinness) recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds and Wright-Kinsey also finished with 17 points for the Falcons. Felician freshman guard Nas Amos (Newark, N.J./East Side) netted a season-high 13 points with five assists.

Felician (4-6) was outscored, 9-1, at the foul line for the day. The game was played in one hour, 24 minutes.

The Golden Falcons compete in their final non-league tilt of 2019-20 when they entertain Franklin Pierce University on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Rutherford.