First-Place Bloomfield Downs Felician With Late Run
RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Bloomfield College outscored host Felician College, 10-0, in the final 4 ½ minutes of its come-from-behind 70-62 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory over the Golden Falcons on Tuesday night at Job Gymnasium.
Trailing by four with five minutes, 57 seconds, to play in regulation, Felician (6-11, 3-6 CACC) scored six consecutive points. The Golden Falcons tied the game at 60-60 at the 5:21 mark on a three-point field-goal by Tajric Boggs (Coram, NY/Longwood), and took the lead on their next possession on two John Tello (Ridgefield Park, NJ/Ridgefield Park) free throws.
But the hosts would not score again, missing their last 11 shots from the floor. Bloomfield senior Ahmad Harris (Linden, NJ/Linden) (8 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists) canned two foul shots to tie the game with 4:06 to play, and the contest remained knotted at 62-62 until 2:01 remained, when Deacon senior Matt Wafula (Harlem, NY/St. Agnes) converted a pair at the charity stripe. A Harris putback at 1:08 made it a two-possession game, and Bloomfield (15-6, 9-2) sealed the victory at the foul line in the final 30 seconds.
Wafula (7-11 FG, 5-5 FT) led all scorers with 19 points and added nine rebounds. The Deacons' Terry Hicks (Neptune, NJ/Neptune) scored 17 points, and Kevin Udo (West Orange, NJ/St. Peter's Seminary) (7-10 FG) picked up 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Tello topped Felician with 12 points and teammate David Williamson (Bronx, NY/Wings Academy) posted 11 points and six rebounds in 18 bench minutes.
Felician led by as many as 13 points in the first half and 40-30 at halftime. Still trailing 56-49 with 9:20 to play, Bloomfield went on a 11-0 run to take its first lead of the second half. The Golden Falcons were held to 21-percent shooting for the period after making 57 percent of their shots in the opening stanza.
Bloomfield, the first-place team in the CACC North Division, is the defending conference and regional champion.