Philadelphia, PA- It wasn't pretty, but the Philadelphia University men's basketball team (14-6, 6-1 CACC) got the job done in a 56-34 win over the University of the Sciences Devils (4-11, 3-4 CACC) at the Gallagher Athletic Center on Tuesday evening. The win- PhilaU Coach Herb Magee's 894th , puts the Philadelphia icon just six wins away from the magic 900 career wins mark and nine wins from breaking Bobby Knight's NCAA wins record (903).
PhilaU senior guard Russell Frederick (Baltimore, MD/ Calvert Hall) led the way with a game-high 11 points, adding five boards and five assists to boot.
The Rams outshot the Devils (42%-23%) from field goal range, while kicking in 30% three-ball shooting (USP made just two treys on the night).
PhilaU jumped off on a 10-2 run, ballooning their lead to as much as 13 (27-14) with under two minutes on a layup by freshman guard Ed DiRugeris (Plymouth Mtg., PA/ Pennsbury). DiRugeris had eight points on the night.
The Rams led 27-16 at the break.
In the second go-round, USP opened with a three from their leading scorer Curtis Fitch- who had nine points on the night. An 8-0 PhilaU spurt capped by a lay-up from PhilaU senior forward Malcolm Ingram (Philadelphia, PA/ Solebury Prep) gave the maroon and gray a 45-27 lead at 6:48. Ingram was the high rebounder on the night with 12 along with eight points.
The Rams continued to outplay the Devils, as senior forward Mike Yocum (Dresher, PA/ Episcopal Academy) tallied nine points, six boards and four blocks to help his squad to the 56-34 win.
PhilaU returns to action on the road on Thursday (1/28) at Wilmington 8:00 p.m.