Despite Green's 21, Men's Basketball Falls To Post
RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Junior guard Anthony D. Green (Jersey City, NJ/Snyder) came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points in 24 minutes, but it was not enough to prevent his Felician College squad from a 75-72 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball loss to visiting Post University on Wednesday night at Job Gymnasium.
A steal and dunk by Post senior James Lee (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) broke a 70-70 tie and put the Eagles ahead for good with 1:37 left in regulation. Felician (6-10, 3-5 CACC) missed on three opportunities to tie or go ahead on its next possession, but remained in contention when Post made 1 of 2 at the foul line at 0:13.
After the teams traded pairs of free throws, Felician trailed, 75-72, with fewer than four seconds remaining. The Golden Falcons were able to garner a tying opportunity when Jimmy Schmitt (Elmwood Park, NJ/Elmwood Park) caught a baseball pass and found an open Green for three on the right side, but Green missed long at the buzzer to give Post its second victory over Felician this season.
Senior Josh Lopez (Anchorage, AK/Service) led four double-figure scorers for the Eagles (6-10, 4-3) with 20 points, including the two key foul shots in the closing seconds. He added seven rebounds and four assists. Lee finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. For Felician, Antoine Obery (Roselle, NJ/Abraham Clark) recorded 17 points and seven rebounds and John Tello (Ridgefield Park, NJ/Ridgefield Park) added 10 points and 10 boards.
Felician trailed, 39-29, at halftime. Led by Green, who scored 19 second half points, including four three-point field goals, the Golden Falcons twice cut their deficit to a single point early in the second half, but both times quickly went back down by nine. Felician made a third charge, using a three by Green and an Obery lay-up to take its only lead of the period, 70-69, at the 2:31 mark. But the hosts did not convert another field goal the rest of the way.