Philadelphia, PA- Philadelphia University freshman guard Jim Connolly(Harleysville, PA/ Souderton) caught fire from three-point range and led the Philadelphia University Rams (21-6, 13-1 CACC) to a 58-52 win over the University of the Sciences Devils (6-14, 4-7 CACC) on Tuesday night at Bobby Morgan Arena. Connolly led the Rams with 13 points, three boards and three assists.
The win puts PhilaU Head Coach Herb Magee at 901 wins, just one shy of tying hoops legend Bobby Knight in NCAA all-time wins.
The Rams held the edge from field goal range (42%-38%), but PhilaU shot just 50% from the free-throw stripe to USP's 79%.
USP got a jump on the Rams, leading by as many as 14 in the first half, led by Adewale Adefemi, who finished the night with 11 points.
PhilaU got within nine at the half, trailing 31-22.
The maroon and gray's Mike Yocum (Dresher, PA/ Episcopal Academy) dumped in a bucket to set up a senior guard Marcus Lemon (Alexandria, VA/ T.C. Williams) trey to tie it at 35's halfway through the second stanza. Yocum had 10 points and nine boards while Lemon dropped in 11 points and five assists for the Rams.
The Devils got a big trey from Curtis Fitch at 3:48 to go up 48-45 but another Lemon three-ball tied it up at 48-48 with two minutes to go. PhilaU's Connolly followed with another three to go up 51-50 just one minute later. Fitch led the Devils with 15 points and three boards on the night.
Connolly went 4-4 at the charity stripe in the final seconds to hold on for the 58-52 win. PhilaU's senior guard Russell Frederick (Baltimore, MD/ Calvert Hall) added 12 points and three assists in the victory.
The Rams return to action on the road at Post University on Saturday (2/20) at 3 p.m.