Senior Corey Taite, of Sayreville, New Jersey, netted 40 points and extended his free throw streak in Goldey-Beacom’s 86-78 victory over Caldwell in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament quarterfinals at the Jones Center in Wilmington.
Taite matched his career high from Dec. 16, 2017, against Adelphi by shooting nine-of-16 from the floor, six-of-10 from 3-point range and 16-for-16 from the line.
Goldey-Beacom, 15-14, is in the semifinals for a second straight year. GBC will face North Division champion Bloomfield at noon March 9 in Caldwell, New Jersey.
In the first half, Goldey-Beacom held a 38-33 lead by shooting 52 percent from the floor, five-of-10 from 3-point range and 17-for-18 from the line. Taite netted 14 points in the half and senior Troy Stancil, of Washington, D.C., added 12.
Goldey-Beacom held a 74-62 lead with 3 minutes and 30 seconds left when sophomore Tevin Service, of Union, New Jersey, hit two free throws. Caldwell refused to fold the entire way, getting a layup from Ahmad Harrison and a 3-pointer from AJ Kittles with 2:27 remaining for a 74-67 game.
Taite made a layup with 1:56 to go and, after Kittles’ two free throws, hit two from the stripe with 1:24 left for a 78-69 game. After Kittles’ missed 3-pointer, Taite hit twice from the line with 70 seconds remaining for an 80-69 game that all but ended things.
Stancil had 12 points and six rebounds with Service netting 12 points for the Lightning, who shot 47 percent from the field and 22-for-24 from the line. Sophomore Marcellus Livingston, of Linden, New Jersey, hauled in a game-high seven rebounds.
Harrison and Kittles netted 21 points apiece for the Cougars, 17-12, who shot 49 percent from the floor but committed 18 turnovers. Caldwell’s loss was its second in its last 11 contests.
Goldey-Beacom is in the CACC Tournament a third straight year. It hosted a quarterfinal a second consecutive season for the first time since doing so four straight years from 2009-12.
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