Philadelphia, PA- The Philadelphia University Rams (9-4, 2-1 CACC) got a second-straight 29-point performance from senior guard Russell Frederick (Baltimore, MD/ Calvert Hall) in a 65-60 win over the Pace University Setters (5-4, 4-2 NE-10) on Tuesday evening. The win extends PhilaU's unbeaten streak vs. Northeast 10 opponents to 3-0 this season.
The Rams outshot (44%-35%) and outrebounded (41-30) the Setters to give themselves an edge.
The Setters were led by Ryan Woods with 18 points and five rebounds.
Poor shooting in the first half by the Setters (25% from floor)
only helped a PhilaU burst as the Rams started out on a 20-7 run by
9:21. A layup by PhilaU sophomore forward J.J.
Gundry (McAdoo, PA/ Hazleton Area) gave the Rams their
biggest lead of the game at 19 (33-14) with under two minute
remaining in the half. Gundry finished with nine points in
PhilaU led 33-20 at the break.
In the second half, Pace stepped up their shooting and cut the Ram lead to 46-37 at 8:07, but a trey by Frederick and a bucket from PhilaU senior forward Malcolm Ingram (Philadelphia, PA/ Solebury Prep) got the home team back a 10 point lead. Ingram finished with a double-double tallying 12 points, 11 rebounds and three steals on the night.
The Setters cut the lead to three with just 15 seconds remaining, but 3-4 free-throw shooting gave the Rams the 65-60 win in a squeaker.
PhilaU returns to action on Tuesday (12/29) in the Holy Family University Tournament where they face Assumption College at 1:00 p.m., followed the next day (12/30) with a 1 p.m. date vs. Stonehill College.