Rams Hold Off Late Game Heroics to Win 94-92 in OT

Jim Connolly
Jim Connolly

Philadelphia, PA- Philadelphia University (18-6, 10-1 CACC) collectively gasped when Chestnut Hill University's (10-11, 6-6 CACC) Julian McFadden hit a 53- footer to send the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game into overtime at the buzzer.  McFadden's shot might as well have been from Henry Avenue.  No sweat- the Rams pulled out the game in overtime, holding on for a wild 94-92 win at the Gallagher Athletic Center and giving Coach Herb Magee his 898th all-time win.

"I was proud of our players tonight, they didn't quit and that shows what our team is made of," said Coach Magee.

The Rams shot 55% from the floor for the game, outmatching CHC's 49%.  PhilaU senior guard Russell Frederick (Baltimore, MD/ Calvert Hall) led all scorers with 24 points and dished out seven assists.

In the overtime stanza, the lead see-sawed between the rivals with a 92-92 lock with just under a minute to go.  PhilaU senior forward Malcolm Ingram (Philadelphia, PA/ Solebury Prep) dropped in the winning bucket as time ran out to give his Rams the win.  Ingram had the games' only double-double with 20 points and 11 boards.

CHC's Mark DiRugeris led the Griffins with 24 points.

Also performing well for the Rams were senior guard Marcus Lemon (Alexandria, VA/ T.C. Williams) with 20 points and six assists and freshman guard Jim Connolly (Harleysville, PA/ Souderton) with 12 points.

PhilaU returns to action on Thursday (2/11) at Holy Family for an 8 p.m. tip-off.