PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team picked up its fourth straight victory after defeating the University of New Haven 61-50 in a non-conference contest Sunday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia (6-1) was holding on to a 42-39 advantage when Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep), who finished with 12 points, converted a three-point play at the 8:20 mark to start a game-clinching 11-3 run that extended the gap to 53-42. The Rams held the Chargers to 1-of-6 shooting during the surge and forced four turnovers.
The Rams' advantage reached 59-46 after a pair of TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) free throws with 49 seconds left.
Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) paced the Rams, going for 19 points, a season-best 13 rebounds, and three blocked shots. Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) added 12 points.
Philadelphia, who led from start to finish, blocked a season-high 13 shots, a career-best five by Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep).
Alexis played a key role in getting the Rams a 26-22 halftime lead as he produced 13 points and nine rebounds, seven on the offensive end of the floor. Ten of his 13 first-half points came on second-chance opportunities.
An Alexis free throw, after scoring on a rebound of his own miss, gave Philadelphia a first-half best 21-12 lead 4:51 before halftime. New Haven (1-4) managed to cut the Philadelphia advantage to four on a Tommy Hunt bucket with four seconds left on the clock.
Levy Gillespie shot 9-of-11 from the free throw line on his way to a team-high 15 points for the Chargers. Joshua Guddemi added 12 points, while Hunt ended up with 10 points.
Philadelphia shot 41.0 percent from the field, 50.0 percent (14-of-28) in the second half. New Haven hit 33.3 percent of its shots. The Rams forced 10 turnovers, while committing only four.
The Rams return to Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play with a home game against Goldey-Beacom on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m.