First-Half Spurt Carries CHC Past Men's Basketball, 78-63

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Chestnut Hill College buried eight first-half three-point field goals, including seven in a game-changing 21-2 run, to key its 78-63 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory over host Felician College on Saturday afternoon at Job Gymnasium.

Junior forward David Williamson (Bronx, NY/Wings Academy) came off the bench to lead Felician (6-12, 3-7) with 14 points and nine rebounds. Classmate Antoine Obery (Roselle, NJ/Abraham Clark) turned in 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Golden Falcon sophomore Tajric Boggs (Coram, NY/Longwood) netted 11 points in 11 minutes.

Felician had no solution for Chestnut Hill guard Mark DeRugeris Jr. (Woodbury, NJ/Woodbury). The 6-foot-1 junior recorded a career-high 35 points, by far the most scored by one player against the Golden Falcons this season. DeRugeris, who made 5 of 7 threes and went 14 for 15 at the foul line, had 18 first-half points in helping stake the Griffins (14-7, 7-2) to a 41-26 halftime advantage.

With the contest tied, 17-17, and 7:56 left in the opening stanza, Chestnut Hill sank a three-pointer on its next seven possessions, including four by DiRugeris and a pair from Torrell Candelaria (Phiadelphia, PA/Girard College HS). Felician had only one field goal in that spurt, which left the visitors with a 38-19 lead. Felician rattled off the next seven points, but CHC's Jakeem Bogans (Philadelphia, PA/Cardinal Dougherty) hit a trifecta with two seconds left in the half.

The Golden Falcons trailed by double-digits for most of period two, but a 7-0 run brought them within 67-59 with 4:54 to play. However another trey by DiRugeris ended the hosts' momentum, and the Griffins pushed their advantage back as high as 17 in the closing minutes.

Dan Comas (Philadelphia, PA/Archbishop Wood) contributed 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks for CHC. The teams combined for 49 personal fouls and 69 free-throw attempts. Felician was held to 34-percent shooting from the floor and was hampered by a 49-percent rate at the foul line.

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