WILMINGTON, Del. – Guard Jim Connolly became the 46th Philadelphia University men's basketball player to score 1,000 career points; however, the milestone came in a losing effort as the Rams suffered an 87-70 setback to Goldey-Beacom College in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game Thursday night in the Jones Center.
Connolly's 1,000th point came with 13:33 left in the second half when he hit a long triple from the right wing. Connolly—who needed nine points to reach the milestone—finished the game with 12 points. He is the first Ram to reach 1,000 points since the 2008-09 season.
Goldey-Beacom (13-9, 10-3 CACC) also had four players hit double figures, led by Marcus Porter's 28 points. Rich Flemming had 19 points and a game-high eight rebounds. A.J. Picard went for 16 points and Jordan Brooks netted 14.
The Lightning shot 58.9 percent (33-of-56) from the field and 89.5 percent (17-of-19) at the free throw line. Philadelphia hit 44.8 percent (26-of-58) of its shots, while connecting on 75.0 percent (9-of-12) of its free throws attempts. Goldey-Beacom won the battle of the boards, 36-22.
Connolly hit back-to-back threes, the first one giving him 1,000, to cap a 20-9 run that cut the Rams' halftime deficit to 53-46 with 12:56 left. The Lightning responded with six straight points to regain a 15-point cushion (61-46).
Despite the loss, the Rams clinched a spot in the upcoming CACC Tournament by virtue of Wilmington's 69-67 loss to Chestnut Hill. The Wildcat loss also locked up tournament spots for both the Lightning and Griffins.
Philadelphia goes back on the road to take on Dominican (N.Y.) in a CACC contest Saturday, Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m.