PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team suffered a 63-43 loss to Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) foe University of the Sciences Wednesday night in Bobby Morgan Arena.
The Rams are now 8-6 overall and 4-2 in the CACC. Head coach Herb Magee's quest to become the NCAA head men's basketball coach to win 950 career games will wait until the Rams travel to Chestnut Hill for a CACC contest on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m.
Freshman forward TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) led the Ram effort with 10 points.
Henry Messinger and Garrett Kerr each had a double-double for the University of the Sciences (7-8, 5-3 CACC). Messinger recorded 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Kerr recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Freshman forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) hit a jumper at the 14:41 mark of the first half to cap a 9-2 run and put the Rams in front 13-12.
A Kerr lay-up just 19 seconds later put the Devils back in front, where they would stay for good.
In the second half, Huggins connected on a lay-up with 18:05 left to pull the Rams with in four, 34-30. Sciences answered with a 19-6 run to open up a 53-36 lead.
The Devils connected on 46.0 (23-of-50) of their shot attempts, including half (7-of-14) of their three-point attempts. Philadelphia shot 41.7 percent (20-of-48) from the field, 23.1 percent (3-of-13) from three. USciences went 10-of-12 at the line, while Philadelphia was 0-of-2.
USciences won the rebounding battle, 36-22.