RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Senior Rachid Shimou (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) matched a career-high with 23 points and classmate Jeff Lewis (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek) made two key late field goals to lead Felician University to a 74-68 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory over visiting Goldey-Beacom College on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.
Shimou, playing in his second season for Felician after transferring from Goldey-Beacom, scored 18 of his points in the second half. During his 26 minutes of action he also matched a season high with four rebounds and set another with four steals. He was joined in double figures in scoring for the Golden Falcons by freshman guard Josiah Basket (Oak Ridge, N.J.), who netted 17 points with a season-high three assists.
Junior guard Marcellus Livingston (Linden, N.J./Linden) logged the entire 40 minutes for the Lightning (8-11, 5-5 CACC), registering 14 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Juran Ligonde (Boston, Mass./Dedham) also scored 14 points before fouling out.
Helped by 15 first-period points from Basket, Felician (6-12, 4-6) overcame a 20-8 deficit after eight minutes to carry a 37-31 edge into halftime. Layups by Shimou and Dee-End McRae (Newark, N.J./Newark Central) pushed the spread to 10 points early in the second half.
A basket by Felician senior Jared Pearson (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) restored his team's 10-point edge, 55-45, with 12 minutes, 11 seconds, left in regulation time. But the Lightning scored the game's next seven points, including four by Ligonde. Eventually the visitors completely closed the deficit, moving ahead for the first time in the period, 65-64, on a transition layup by Tyler Jones (Lawrenceville, N.J./Pennington School) at the 4:04 mark.
With the Lightning still ahead by one, Felician freshman Nas Amos (Newark, N.J./East Side) dumped the ball to Lewis on the low post, and the senior converted to put the hosts ahead to stay, 68-67. GBC misfired, but regained possession on a Nazim Derry (Atlantic City, N.J./Atlantic City) steal and had another chance to move ahead. But Lewis blocked a short jumper and Shimou secured the rebound. Less than a minute remained.
As Felican reached the final ticks of the shot clock, McRae spotted Lewis, who had leaked into the left corner. Lewis buried a three-point field goal, just his fifth of the season, at 0:20 to hand the Golden Falcons a 71-67 edge. An ill-advised Felician foul allowed GBC to move back to within one possession, but Amos made the front end of a 1-and-1 at 0:09 to secure the victory.
The Golden Falcons shot 51 percent from the floor and owned a 39-31 rebounding advantage. They survived converting only 8 of 16 foul shots. The lead changed hands 13 times on the day.
McRae posted nine points and 10 rebounds and Amos added eight points and four assists. In just 16 minutes, Lewis turned in seven points, six rebounds, a season-high five assists and two blocks.
Felician hosts Dominican (N.Y.) College on Wednesday at 8 p.m.