Albany, NY- The #18 nationally-ranked Philadelphia University men's basketball team (1-0) began the 2008-09 season just the way head coach Herb Magee was hoping- with a win. The Rams defeated Saint Rose College (0-1) in a game that was a rematch of PhilaU's season-ending NCAA Tournament loss to SRC in quadruple-overtime last year. Junior guard Russell Frederick (Baltimore, MD/Calvert Hall) led all scorers with 27 points.
PhilaU junior guard Malcolm Ingram (Philadelphia, PA/Solebury Prep) lived up to his preseason All-America billing with 22 points and 12 boards, while Frederick scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the second half by going 13-for-14 from the free-throw line in the final 20 minutes.
The game- which was locked in a 33-33 stalemate at the half, had 11 ties and 16 lead changes and neither squad took more than a five point advantage.
Frederick came up with a clutch steal at 10:25 left in the second half to complete a three-point play that put the Rams within one point down just 51-50. There were four more ties throughout the next six minutes, but Frederick sunk the first of his eight straight free throws in the final 2:49 to put Philadelphia ahead for good.
The Rams will host their season-opener on Wednesday, November 19th vs. the University of the District of Columbia at 7:00 p.m.