Rams Win 71-59, Coach Magee Could Hit 900 on Saturday

Ed DiRugeris
Ed DiRugeris

Philadelphia, PA- Snow could not deter the Philadelphia University Rams (19-6, 11-1 CACC) from their 10th-straight win, this time a 71-59 womper over the Holy Family University Tigers (1-20, 1-10 CACC) on Friday afternoon. 

The win- Coach Herb Magee's 899th- puts him within one of 900 all-time wins during his 43 year coaching career-all at PhilaU.  Coach Magee could hit that milestone in 24 hours and become just the third NCAA men's coach to ever reach 900 or more victories. 

Senior forward Malcolm Ingram (Philadelphia, PA/ Solebury Prep) led all scorers with 21 points and six rebounds.  HFU was led by Justin Swidowski's 17 points.

The Rams held off a bothersome Tiger squad in the first half, as HFU shot 54% in that stanza to PhilaU's 42%.  The Tigers scratched to within one (31-30) on a trey by Khiry Hankins at 3:43, but PhilaU senior guard Marcus Lemon (Alexandria, VA/ T.C. Williams) knocked down a free throw to keep his squad on top.  Lemon had 12 points, nine boards and three assists on the day.

PhilaU led 40-32 at the break. 

PhilaU  held the stat advantage in two key categories: rebounds (36 to HFU's 27) and turnovers (9 to HFU's 17).

The Rams led by as many as 16 points (four times) in the second half, as PhilaU senior guard Russell Frederick (Baltimore, MD/ Calvert Hall) banked a trey to give the Rams a 71-55 lead at 2:33 remaining.  Frederick added 18 points and seven rebounds and assists, respectively.

Magee's squad held on for the 71-59 final and gear up for their next contest in less than a day.

The Rams return to the hardwood tomorrow (Saturday, 2/13) to host the Bloomfield College Deacons at 4 p.m. at the Gallagher Athletic Center on Herb Magee Court.  The day is also PhilaU's ‘Think Pink' event to support breast cancer research, fans are invited to wear pink in support.