Road Struggles Continue For Men's Basketball

John Tello had 18 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's loss.
John Tello had 18 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's loss.

NEW CASTLE, Del. – The Felician College men's basketball team dropped its fifth consecutive road decision on Saturday afternoon, falling to host Wilmington (Del.) University, 67-56, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action at the Pratt Center. Felician (6-14, 3-9 CACC) slumped to 1-9 in road games this season.

Felician senior John Tello (Ridgefield Park, NJ), who missed his team's last two games due to injury, returned to lead the visitors with 18 points, nine rebounds, and three assists in 27 minutes off the bench. Junior sixth-man Anthony D. Green (Jersey City, NJ) added 16 points, as 45 of the Golden Falcons' 56 points came from non-starters.

The Golden Falcons were done in mainly by the Wilmington senior duo of Corye Payton (Burlington, NJ) and Matthew King (Phoenixville, PA). Payton (11-19 FG, 4-10 3FG) posted 30 points, six rebounds and three steals. King, meanwhile, registered 13 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks while shooting 5 of 7 from the floor.

A first half which featured five ties and seven lead changes saw the teams emerge knotted at 35-35, with Payton pouring in 22 points. The Wildcats (8-12, 4-7) then took control with a 10-1 run that spanned the first 6 ½ minutes of the second stanza. Felician sliced its deficit to four points on two occasions in the middle stages of the period, but a three-point play by Jarvis Perry (Willingboro, NJ) put Wilmington ahead, 57-47, at the 7:17 mark. The hosts methodically held on from there, leading by as many as 13 points and never fewer than seven the rest of the day.

Felician was hampered by 42-percent shooting at the foul line (5-12) and the commission of 20 turnovers.