ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – Guard Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) and forward Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) combined to score 41 points for the Philadelphia University men's basketball team in a 79-74 non-conference loss to Molloy Sunday afternoon.
Randolph was the Rams' leading scorer as he shot 7-of-17 overall, 5-of-12 from behind the 3-pointer arc, to finish with 21 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds and two assists. Long recorded his third career double-double, going for a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds. Long's last double-double came on Jan. 6, 2016 against Concordia (N.Y.).
Philadelphia (3-1)—who had its season-opening three-game winning streak snapped—erased an early 16-9 deficit with eight straight points to take a one-point lead (17-16) on a Randolph 3-pointer at the 9:43 mark. Molloy (1-3) scored six points in a row to break a 30-30 tie and move ahead 36-30 with 1:51 left in the first half on a Josh Dennis free throw. Long pulled the Rams within four at the half (38-34) by hitting two free throws with 14 seconds remaining.
The Rams got off to a solid start in the second half, outscoring the Lions 11-4 in the opening 3:42 to take a 45-42 on a Jordan DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) triple. Trailing 55-53, DeCicco—who finished with 15 points—knocked down two 3-pointers during a 15-5 surge that gave Philadelphia a game-high 68-60 lead with 5:15 left.
After going up by eight, Philadelphia struggled offensively, scoring on only one of its next eight possessions. During that time, Molloy went on a 14-2 run to move in front 74-70 when Charlie Marquardt drained a 3-pointer at the 1:22 mark. The Rams got back within two (74-72) on a Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) layup.
Marquardt recorded a game-high 24 points for Molloy, while Jaylen Morris added 18 points.
Molloy shot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) from the field and grabbed 31 rebounds, and Philadelphia made 44.3 percent (27-of-61) overall and had 35 rebounds.
Philadelphia has a week off before returning to the court to face NYIT in a non-conference match on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.