PHILADELPHIA – In its final home game of 2015, the Philadelphia University men's basketball team gave its fans plenty to cheer about as the Rams edged out Goldey-Beacom 66-64 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia—who doesn't return to the Gallagher Center until Jan. 6, 2016—extends its winning streak to five as it improves to 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the CACC.
With the game tied at 64 and 37 seconds remaining, Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) drained one of his two free throws attempts to give the Rams a one-point advantage.
On Goldey-Beacom's (1-7, 0-2 CACC) ensuing possession, Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) came up with a huge block on a Daniel Cooper put-back jumper attempt from the right block and grabbed the rebound.
After a Lightning foul with 4.3 seconds to play, Alexis stepped to the line and sunk his first free throw. Alexis missed the second attempt and Goldey-Beacom's Jarrel Lane hauled in the rebound and sprinted down the floor. Lane's game-winning pull-up 3-point attempt on the right wing bounced off the back of the rim giving the Rams the victory.
Alexis wrapped up the contest with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocked shots. He now has four double-doubles this season. Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) and Randolph contributed 18 points each.
In the opening half, the Rams overcame a 10-point deficit to lead 35-33 at halftime. Goldey-Beacom went up 23-13 at the 10:05 mark on a Corey Taite put back of his own miss. Then, sparked by two Alexis free throws, the Rams rattled off 12 straight points over a 4:01 span to take a 25-23 lead on a Kilpatrick layup.
The teams would swap the lead four times before Alexis gave Philadelphia the halftime lead with a dunk as time ran out.
The momentum from Alexis' dunk carried over to the second half as the Rams scored 18 of the first 23 points to increase their lead to a game-high 15 points (53-38) on a Randolph 3-pointer with 13:31 to play.
With Philadelphia up 59-47, Goldey-Beacom, behind six of Shakeem Wilson's 15 points, went on a 17-4 run, to reclaim a one-point advantage on a Wilson fast break layup after stealing the ball with 1:50 left
Eight seconds later, TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) tied the game at 64 with a 1-for-2 trip to the free throw line.
Taite was the Lightning's leading scorer with 22 points and Sameen Swint added 12 points.
Philadelphia shot 38.9 percent from the field, while Goldey-Beacom connected on 38.7 percent of its shots. The Rams outrebounded the Lightning 41-38.
The Rams will play their next six games away from home, starting with a CACC contest at Wilmington (Del.) on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.