PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team had four players reach double figures as the Rams picked up a 75-65 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over visiting Dominican (N.Y.) College Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) scored 20 points, a game-high, for the third time this season as he shot 7-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 at the free throw line.
Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) and Kylan Guerra (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepanic) both poured in 16 points. Kilpatrick added six rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots, and two steals, while Guerra dished out five assists.
Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) contributed 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocked shots. Malcolm Gilbert (Smyrna, Del./Academy of the New Church) grabbed eight rebounds and swatted three shots, both season highs, to go along with six points.
Philadelphia (14-7, 10-2 CACC) had a solid day at the free throw line, making 21 free throws on 27 attempts (77.8 percent). The Rams set season highs in free throws made and free throws taken. From 3-point range, Philadelphia was 6-of-17 (35.3 percent).
Dominican was 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from the free throw line and just 3-of-18 (16.7 percent) on 3-point attempts.
Trailing 8-4 early on, Philadelphia heated up as the Rams knocked down six of their next seven attempts leading to a 15-2 run that put them ahead 19-10 on a Randolph layup at the 12:05 mark. Dominican shot 1-of-5 from the field and turned the ball over twice during the 3:31 span.
Philadelphia's advantage hit double figures for the first time with 1:42 left before halftime when Gibbs made the score 38-27 with two successful free throws.
An 11-2 surge to open the second half allowed Philadelphia to extend its lead to a game-high 18 points (51-33) on two Kilpatrick free throws. After shooting 63.0 percent in the first half, the Rams made three of their four attempts from the floor and were 4-of-4 at the free throw line during the run.
Dominican (12-9, 7-5 CACC) didn't go down without a fight, chipping away at Philadelphia's 53-35 advantage until the Chargers got within 65-63 with 3:37 remaining. The Rams hot shooting cooled off as they shot 2-of-12 from the floor to help the Chargers work their way back into the contest.
After being held without a field goal for 7 minutes and 43 seconds. Kilpatrick came up with the biggest shot of a game, a straightaway 3-pointer at the 2:20 mark, to put Philadelphia up 70-65 and start a game-ending 8-0 run.
Philadelphia finished the game shooting 24-of-47 (51.1 percent) from the floor, while Dominican shot 26-of-60 (43.3 percent).
Gerrel Irvin led the Chargers with 18 points and five rebounds. Daniel Grant had 17 points and eight boards.
Philadelphia wraps up its season-long four-game home stand with a CACC clash against Goldey-Beacom on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.