WATERBURY, Conn. – Guard Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) posted a career-high 30 points to lead the Philadelphia University men's basketball team to a 76-69 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) triumph at Post on Friday afternoon in the Drubner Center.
Philadelphia moves its overall record to 16-4 and is now 9-2 in CACC play after picking up its sixth straight victory. Post dips to 9-7 overall, 5-4 against the conference.
Randolph shot 7-of-14 from the field and 13-of-18 from the free throw line in 38 minutes of action. He scored 18 of the Rams' 37 first-half points and 12 during the second half.
Despite playing only six minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) finished the contest with 13 points, four rebounds, and two blocked shots. Mike Louden (Glen Mills, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) went 3-for-3 from 3-point range and 3-of-4 at the free throw line to score a career-high 12 points.
The Rams snapped a 5-all tie with an 8-2 run, that included 3-pointers from Randolph and Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep), to move in front 13-7.
After the Eagles closed the gap to 13-9, the Rams responded with seven of the next nine points to extend the lead to 20-11 on two Randolph free throws with 8:27 left in the half. A 2-for-2 trip to the free throw line by Jah'Sheme Ringgold at the 5:43 mark brought Post back within four (24-20).
An Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) dunk on Philadelphia's next possession was the start of an 11-0 run that pushed the lead up to 35-20. Randolph led the charge with six points.
The Ram lead reached a game-high 16 points (63-44) on a Louden 3-pointer with 9:37 left in the second half. Post put together one final rally, outscoring Philadelphia 19-5 over the next 8:08 to cut the Rams' cushion to 68-63. David Seymour scored eight of his team-high 22 points during the surge for the Eagles.
Philadelphia was able to keep Post at bay by making six of its 10 free throw attempts in the final 1:22.
Tyler Desrosiers had 15 points for Post, while Tamas Okros added 12 points.
The Rams shot a season-best 57.9 percent (22-of-38) from the floor, 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from behind the arc. Post made 35.5 percent (27-of-76) of its shots.
Led by a career-high 15 rebounds from Long, Philadelphia outrebounded Post 40-34.
Philadelphia comes back to the Gallagher Center for a CACC showdown with Wilmington (Del.) on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m.