The Lightning defeats Holy Family University 76-67 on the road.
The Goldey-Beacom College men's basketball team seized control in the second half on its way to a sixth consecutive win, 76-67, at Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference-foe Holy Family University in Philadelphia Wednesday.
Goldey-Beacom led by as many as 12 in the opening half, but gave up the period’s final seven points and held a 37-32 cushion at intermission. Junior Troy Stancil (Washington, DC) scored eight points in the half with senior Dante Thompson (Coram, NY) adding seven and seven rebounds.
The Lightning early in the second half exploded on a 21-3 run spanning just under six minutes to open its biggest lead, 58-37 with 11:39 remaining. Mahir Johnson (Chester, PA) scored seven points in that span with fellow junior Corey Taite (Sayreville, NJ) and freshman Marcellus Livingston (Linden, NJ) adding five apiece.
The Tigers refused to fold, using a 19-3 spurt in just under six minutes to move to 61-56 with 5:56 left. Maliq Sanders netted 11 points to help his side shoot 7-of-13 from the field in that time.
With the margin 63-58, Goldey-Beacom took over by using a 9-2 run to open a 72-58 lead with 1:44 to go. Taite again was the man for the Lightning, scoring five points and capping it with a 3-pointer.
Taite once again lit up the stat sheet. The reigning CACC Player of the Week ended with 19 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. He now is seventh in team history with 1,112 points and sixth with 349 field goals.
Johnson poured in 15 points, while Livingston and Stancil netted 12 apiece for the Lightning, who shot 40 percent (26-of-65) from the floor.
Thompson hauled in 12 rebounds for Goldey-Beacom.
GBC also forced 20 turnovers, marking the 17th time this season the Lightning has induced at least 19.
Sanders poured in 26 points, Michael Power scored 19, Terrell Jones netted 14 with Sean Griffin adding 12 rebounds for the Tigers (2-20, 1-13 CACC), who also shot 40 percent (24-of-60) from the field.
Goldey-Beacom (15-8, 11-3) remains a half game behind Jefferson (12-3) for first place in the CACC South Division and two games ahead of idle Wilmington (9-5) for second. The top two teams in each division host a quarterfinal in the conference tournament.
NEXT GAME SATURDAY
Goldey-Beacom is home Saturday, Feb. 10 against Dominican (New York) as part of the college’s second annual "Hoop It Up" event in a double-header with the women's team.
The women's game starts at 4 p.m., followed by the men's game at about 6 p.m.