PHILADELPHIA – In his final game in Gallagher Center, TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) finished it off in-style, hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.2 remaining to give the Philadelphia University men's basketball team an 86-83 victory over Concordia (N.Y.) in the opening round of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Saturday afternoon.
With the game tied at 83, Philadelphia (22-7) guard Mike Louden (Glen Mills, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) put the ball in play in front of the Rams' bench with 6.6 seconds remaining. Huggins took one dribble to his left and then drained the shot from the right wing over the Clippers' Andrew Peacock to send the Rams back to the semifinal round—where the Rams will face northern division Bloomfield on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at Dominican (N.Y.) College.
Huggins, who was named to the All-CACC second team on Friday, finished the game with 15 points and was one of three Philadelphia players to score in double figures.
CACC Player of the Year Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) shot 17-of-22 from the field to tie his career-high of 35 points. He added seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Gemil Holbrook (Darby, Pa./Roman Catholic) came off the bench to hit eight 3-pointers as part of a career-high 28-point afternoon.
Philadelphia—who had its third-best scoring output of the season—got off to a slow start, falling into a 20-6 hole in the opening 7:09. After hitting three of their first 12 shots, the Rams caught fire as they 12 of their next 14 shots to go on a 29-8 surge and take a 35-28 lead on a Holbrook 3-pointer at the 4:44 mark. Holbrook hit three 3-pointers to lead the run with 13 points.
Concordia (13-16) used a 7-2 run to trim Philadelphia's 44-38 halftime lead to just a single point (46-45) on a Stephen Milhaven 3-pointer 1:35 into the second half. Philadelphia bounced back by scoring 15 of the next 23 points, capped by an Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) layup, to move in front 61-53.
The Rams took a game-high 10-point lead with 5:52 left in the contest when Holbrook connected from 3-point range to make the score 78-68. Concordia's Stephen Milhaven capped off a 15-5 run to knot the game at 83 with 15 seconds on the clock.
Philadelphia ended the contest shooting a season-best 60.0 percent (36-of-60) from the floor, 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from 3-point range. The Clippers shot 49.2 percent (32-of-65) overall, 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from behind the arc.
Peter Aguilar was the leading scorer for Concordia with 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting. Milhaven had 23 points and nine rebounds, while Peacock added 14 points.