CALDWELL, N.J. – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team's pursuit for its third Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) title came to an end after losing to Bloomfield, 72-63, to Bloomfield in the semifinal round of the CACC Championship Tournament Friday afternoon at the George R. Newman Center.
Philadelphia (19-9) must now wait until Sunday, March 4 to see if it will receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament. The Rams entered today's game eighth in the NCAA D-II East Region rankings. The selection show will be held at 10:30 p.m. on www.ncaa.com.
Guard Jim Connolly led the Rams by going 6-of-11 from three-point range to finish with 23 points. Connolly moved into 40th place on the Philadelphia University all-time scoring list with 1,108 points—jumping over Class of 2012 Philadelphia University Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Jim McGilvery (1,101 points).
Center Temi Adebayo recorded a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Adebayo also blocked five shots to increase his career total to 195, sixth most at Philadelphia University.
Matt Wafula led the Deacons (23-7)—who are ranked seventh in the east region—with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Ahmad Harris added 14 points, 11 boards, five assists and five steals. Marvin Williams went a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line on his way to 12 points
Philadelphia shot 50.0 percent (23-of-46) from the field, including 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from three. Bloomfield hit 39.3 percent (24-of-61) of its shots, and was 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from behind the arc.
The Deacons did a majority of its damage at the free throw line, going 22-of-28 (78.6 percent), while the Rams went 9-of-16 (56.2 percent) Bloomfield outrebounded Philadelphia 40-30, including a 17-5 gap on the offensive end.
Connolly scored 15 of his points during a 22-10 Ram run that gave Philadelphia a 38-24 lead with 40 seconds left in the first half. The run broke open a tight half that had neither team lead by more than four for the first 10 minutes. Philadelphia's halftime advantage was 38-26.
Connolly opened the second half with a triple and Stephen Griffin (four points, seven assists) hit a lay-up to give the Rams a 17-point cushion, 43-26, with 17:32 left.
The Deacons chipped away over an 11:30 span to come back and take a 57-56 lead on a pair of Williams' free-throws at the 6:57 mark. Bloomfield led the rest of the way.