WORCESTER, Mass. – Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the second half as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team rallied to defeat the College of Saint Rose 72-69 in a non-conference game played in Assumption College's Laska Gym Saturday afternoon.
Philadelphia picks up its 10th win of the season as it improves to 10-2 overall. The Rams are now 6-0 in non-conference play, 5-0 against Northeast-10 competition. The College of Saint Rose falls to 6-5.
The Golden Knights led by six, their largest lead of the contest, after Tyler Sayre hit a pair of free throws to make the score 45-39 at the 13:34 mark of the second half. Philadelphia, with the help of four points each from Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) and Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep), rattled off 12 of the game's next 17 points over a 3:04 span to move in front 51-50 on a Long dunk.
With Saint Rose up 57-56, Alexis—who tied Randolph with 18 points—threw in a slam off of a Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) feed to ignite an important 10-2 surge that would give the Rams a 66-59 cushion. Philadelphia shot 5-of-6 from the free throw line during the run.
The Golden Knights didn't fade and came back to close the Ram lead to 70-69 on a Pharroh Gordon triple with 39 seconds remaining. After TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) hit two free throws to push the margin back up to three (72-69), Saint Rose had two looks at a three-pointer in the final 29 seconds to tie the score. Anthony Russell and Damon Coleman both missed the mark on their attempt and gave the win to the Rams.
In the opening half, Philadelphia owned a 23-15 advantage after an Alexis three-point play capped off a run of eight straight points. Saint Rose outscored Philadelphia 17-5 over the final 9:50 of the half to lead 32-28 at the break.
Kilpatrick finished the game with 15 points, while Huggins picked up his fourth double-double of the season as he had 13 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Gordon and Mical-Ryan Boyd paced Saint Rose in scoring with 10 points each.
Philadelphia shot just 39.3 percent from the floor, but more than made up for it at the free throw line by going 25-of-28 (89.3 percent). The Golden Knights connected on 44.6 percent of their attempts, including nine 3-pointers.
Philadelphia returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 20 with a contest against Assumption at 3 p.m.