Men's Basketball Unable To Fully Dig Out Of First-Half Hole

Jaylen Colon scored 12 points with five rebounds in Felician's Nov. 28, 2018, loss at Bloomsburg. (Steven R. Smith)
Jaylen Colon scored 12 points with five rebounds in Felician's Nov. 28, 2018, loss at Bloomsburg. (Steven R. Smith)

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – The Felician University men's basketball team fell behind by 15 points late in the first half and never fully recovered, losing its non-conference contest to host Bloomsburg University, 77-72, on Wednesday night at Nelson Field House.

Each team put four scorers in double figures. Bloomsburg junior guard Ky Mauras (Reading, Pa.) led all players with 22 points, and Husky freshman forward Travis Elmore (Tobyhanna, Pa.) turned in 18 points and 13 rebounds. Felician (1-4) received 21 points from junior guard Zamir Wright (Newark, N.J.), while senior forward Rahsaan Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y.) amassed 16 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocked shots.

The teams remained within four points of each other for the first 12 minutes of action. Bloomsburg (2-2) took the lead for good, 17-16, on an Elmore lay-up with 9:06 left in the first period. The bucket touched off an extended run of 24-8 in favor of the hosts. By the 2:38 mark, the Huskies were ahead, 39-24, following a steal and lay-in by Sam Saxton (York, Pa.). It ended up as their largest spread of the night.

The Golden Falcon defense kept Bloomsburg off the scoreboard until the break. On the other end, Wright and Raheem Carter (Howard Beach, N.Y./Forest Hills) combined for the period's final nine points, and the visitors trailed, 39-33, at intermission.

Bloomsburg's edge hovered between four and eight points for nearly the first 10 minutes of period two. A successful short jump shot by Williams with 10:08 to play finally pulled Felician to within 54-52. The Golden Falcons regained possession twice with a chance to tie or take the lead but committed a turnover and missed a lay-up.

An Austin Harriott (Philadelphia, Pa.) dunk at 7:08 restored the Huskies' advantage to 63-54. At no time thereafter did Felician again trail by as little as one possession and have the ball.

Both teams struggled from distance. Felician made 5 of 24 three-point attempts (21 percent), while Bloomsburg canned 3 of 18 (17 percent). However, overall from the floor, the Huskies out-shot the Golden Falcons, 45-36 percent.

Freshman Jaylen Colon (Paterson, N.J./John F. Kennedy) netted 12 points with five rebounds and Carter added 11 points in 16 minutes off the bench for the Golden Falcons.

Felician is off until it starts its 2018-19 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference slate on Dec. 4 by traveling to Nyack, N.Y., for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against Nyack College.