January 7, 2012

Men's Basketball Nips GBC On Late Boggs Bucket

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Sophomore guard Tajric Boggs (Coram, NY/Longwood) scored the go-ahead basket with 31 seconds remaining in regulation, and Felician College held on for a 61-60 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory over visiting Goldey-Beacom College on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium. Boggs topped Felician (5-7, 3-3 CACC) with a season high-matching 16 points.

With the game tied at 59-59, Goldey-Beacom's Ido Yehuda (Hod Hasharon, Israel/Mosenson Vocational) split a pair of free throws with 1:26 to play. The teams traded empty possessions before, out of a timeout, Boggs drove from the left side, came to a stop on the lower right block, and laid the ball in for a one-point Felician lead.

The Lightning (6-6, 4-1) called three timeouts on the ensuing possession. Marcus Porter (Wilmington, DE/Howard) eventually found teammate Lawrence Livingston (Dover, DE/Cesar Rodney) for a potential go-ahead lay-up, but the Golden Falcons' Anthony J. Green (Jersey City, NJ/Marist) blocked the shot from behind. The rebound came to Porter, whose contested lay-up rimmed out, and a battle for the loose ball resulted in a jump ball situation with 0:00.8 showing on the clock.

The possession arrow favored GBC, but its inbounds lob pass was too high, giving the ball to Felician, which ran out the clock for its third consecutive win and fifth in its last six contests. Antoine Obery (Roselle, NJ/Abraham Clark) backed Boggs with 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Green posted career bests of nine points and eight boards.

Porter (eight rebounds) and A.J. Picard (Skippack, PA/Souderton Area) scored 16 points apiece for the Lightning. The game featured 10 ties and 11 lead changes, and the teams were never separated by more than six points.