PHILADELPHIA – Wednesday night's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest against Concordia was the Philadelphia University men's basketball team's first game in the Gallagher Center in over a month. The Rams wouldn't disappoint the home crowd as they defeated the Clippers 78-67.
Playing at home for the first time since a 66-64 win over Goldey-Beacom on Dec. 5, the Rams (11-4, 5-2 CACC) had four players score in double figures—led by Brendan Kilpatrick's (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) 20 points. Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Reedemer) and Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) both poured in 18 points.
Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) recorded his second career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Philadelphia, who tied a season-high with 49 rebounds, hit the glass hard from the outset to get out to a 16-6 lead over the first 7:34. The Rams outrebounded the Clippers (5-10, 2-4 CACC) 16-4, led by five boards from Alexis, during the run. Kilpatrick scored a team-high five points, while Long had four points and four rebounds.
Peter Aguilar, Concordia's leading scorer with 25 points, dropped in seven points over the next 3:55 to during a 15-6 surge, which Aguilar finished off with a 3-pointer, that trimmed the Philadelphia lead to 22-21 with 8:01 left in the half.
After head coach Herb Magee called timeout to stop the Concordia momentum, Long knocked down a 14-footer jumpstart a 15-3 spurt, in which the Rams shot 5-of-9 from the floor, to take a half-high 13-point lead (37-24) on a Randolph triple at the 3:16 mark. Long and Randolph each contributed six points to the run.
The Rams faced a Clipper rally attempt early in the second half as Concordia was able to cut Philadelphia's 46-35 lead to 46-42 with seven straight points. Philadelphia shook off the threat as it responded with 12 of the next 16 points, five from Kilpatrick, to go up 12 (58-46) with 12:04 left.
Philadelphia allowed Concordia to get as close as eight the rest of the way. Back-to-back Alexis jumpers puts the gap to a game-high 16 points (74-58) with 2:19 to play.
The Rams shot 44.6 percent from the field, while the Clippers shot 40.3 percent. Philadelphia did a lot of damage at the free throw line, making 24 of its 32 attempts—the third-highest made free throw total this season.
Philadelphia continues CACC play with a home contest against Felician on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 4 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.