Philadelphia, PA- One man. One University. Win number 903.
Philadelphia University Head Men's Basketball Coach Herb Magee became the all-time winningest men's hoops coach (in NCAA wins) tonight, passing Bobby Knight as the Rams (23-6, 15-1 CACC) earned a 76-65 victory over the Goldey-Beacom College Lightning (17-7, 11-4 CACC) on Tuesday night at the Gallagher Athletic Center on Herb Magee Court in front of a sell-out crowd. Coach Magee now has 903 career wins, all at Philadelphia University.
The maroon and gray got a big lift from the game's high-scorer, PhilaU senior guard Russell Frederick (Baltimore, MD/ Calvert Hall) who notched 24 points, six boards and four blocks.
PhilaU turned the ball over just three times, a season best.
GBC was led by Samuel McDuffie, who added 22 points and six boards, while PhilaU got a big night from senior forward Malcolm Ingram (Philadelphia, PA/ Solebury Prep) with 12 point and nine rebounds on the night.
Pumped up, PhilaU charged out to a 14-0 first half lead. Four Ram starters scored in double-digits, including senior guard Marcus Lemon (Alexandria, VA/ T.C. Williams) who laid one in at 13:25 in the first half to give PhilaU a 15 point lead (18-3). Lemon had 13 points on the night.
A trey by Frederick with less than two minutes in the first stanza gave the Rams their largest lead (17 points) of the half at 38-21, and the home squad went into the locker room up 40-24.
GBC would get as close as 66-59 in the final period, but Lemon shut the door with his second three of the night and the Ram fans stormed the court to celebrate with Coach Magee in the 76-65 victory.
PhilaU returns to the hardwood on Saturday (2/27) for Senior Day at the Gallagher Athletic Center in a 4 PM contest vs. Nyack College.