Philadelphia, PA- The Philadelphia University Rams capped another winning season recently, finishing 15-12 overall. They secured the #2 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) 'South' seed with an 89-55 win over Nyack College (2/25/11), a season-high team score.
PhilaU's post-season effort ended with a 64-54 loss to #3 Chestnut Hill (3/1/11).
Scoring efforts for the Rams this season were led by CACC All-Conference 2nd Team player Jim Connolly who averaged 16.9 ppg/ 4.9 rpg. The guard led the team from the charity stripe shooting 90%, at one time leading all of NCAA Division II in free-throw percentage with 95%.
Newcomer Temi Adebayo, a junior transfer from St. Joseph's University, flaunted his defensive skills at center dishing out the highest blocks per game average in all NCAA Division II, averaging 4.2 blocks/game. He was recognized by the CACC with an All-Conference 'Honorable Mention'.
Other notable players include fellow All-Conference 'Honorable Mention' and team captain- junior guard/foward Corey Francisco and senior foward Ola Sasona. Francisco, an 'Honorable Mention' selection, averaged 14.3 ppg/ 6.4 rpg, hitting a career-high 28 points on 2/8/11 to beat Holy Family, 73-64. In his final season with the Rams, Sasona hit a career high 16 points for a 74-55 win over Goldey-Beacom on 12/6/10. He averaged 8.5 ppg/ 6.3 rpg, surpassing numbers for his previous three seasons combined.
Also making their final appearances on the court for PhilaU were senior guards Ishmawiyl McFadden and Chris Kuntz. McFadden saw action in 13 games for the Rams averaging 2.2 ppg/ 1.1 rpg. Kuntz, a transfer from William and Mary, had a breakout performance against the University of the Sciences (2/15) when he sank a career-high 24 points including six shots from beyond the arc.
Head Coach Herb Magee continues to garner national attention for his coaching performances. He was named a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2011 will be announced on Monday, April 4th at a news conference in Houston, TX prior to the NCAA's Men's Championship game. The Hall of Fame inductees will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on August 12th. Also this season, a men's team 66-60 victory over St. Thomas Aquinas (11/18) pushed Magee and women's head coach Tom Shirley to a combined 1,500 wins. Their combined NCAA records are second only to UConn's men and women's coaching pair. Magee continues to reign as the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball, regardless of division.