January 23, 2013

Men’s basketball powers past Goldey-Beacom, 74-53

PHILADELPHIA – Senior guard Jim Connolly (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) scored a game-high 23 points to help the Philadelphia University men's basketball team knock off Goldey-Beacom, 74-53,  in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) southern division battle Wednesday night in the Gallagher Center.

Connolly knocked down half of his shot attempts (6-of-12), including four of his eight three-point attempts. He was also a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line.

Freshman forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) contributed 12 points and eight rebounds, while freshman guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) had 11 points.

Marcus Porter paced the Lightning (5-13, 2-8 CACC) with 14 points and six points. A.J. Picard and Kyle Steinbergin each netted 11 points.

After briefly falling behind 5-4, the Rams (11-6, 6-2 CACC) went on a 13-2 run to take a 17-7 lead with 11:33 left in the first half and never look back.  Alexis led the charge with six points.

The Rams led 31-23 at the break. Philadelphia shot 41.9 percent (13-of-31) from the field and outrebounded Goldey-Beacom 27-13 in the first half.

A late 12-4 push in the second half extended Philadelphia's advantage to 60-44 with 5:02 to play. Gibbs went 1-of-2 at the free throw line with 38 seconds left to give the Rams a game-high 21-point lead (74-53).

The Rams finished the game shooting 45.2 percent (29-of-64) for the field and owning a 48-24 rebounding advantage. The +24 rebounding margin is Philadelphia's largest of the season.

Goldey-Beacom shot 37.7 percent (20-of-53) from the field.

Philadelphia wraps up its three-game homestand with a CACC contest against Caldwell on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m.

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