GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Senior guard Jim Connolly (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) scored a game-high 25 points in the Philadelphia University men's basketball team's non-conference loss to host Adelphi, 64-51, on the opening Adelphi Holiday Tournament Saturday afternoon.
Connolly had a strong second half for the Rams (6-3) as he shot 5-of-10 from the field and 5-of-7 at the free throw line on his way to 17 points.
Freshman guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) was also in double figures for Philadelphia with 12 points.
John Calarco led four Panthers (3-7) in double figures with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Duane Morgan netted 12 points, while Anthony Librioa added 10. Bradley Simpson recorded 11 points and a team-high seven points.
The Rams were never able to claim the lead after Adelphi opened the game with a 13-2 run. Connolly drained a three-pointer with 5:02 left in the first half to pull the Rams within seven (21-14).
Adelphi held a double-digit lead for a majority of the second half. Philadelphia closed the gap to eight (53-45) after Connolly hit two free throws with 5:01 left in the contest.
The Panthers shot 44.9 percent (22-of-49) from the field and 78.9 percent (15-of-19) at the line. Philadelphia hit 31.6 percent (18-of-57) of its shots and just 56.2 percent (9-of-16) of its free throws.
Philadelphia takes on the College of Saint Rose on day two of the Tournament, which is Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m.