Philadelphia, PA- Philadelphia University men's basketball (0-1) dropped their season opener 67-60 to the Kutztown University Bears (1-0) on Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Athletic Center. The Rams were led by rookie guard Nick Christian, who scored 18 points and added three rebounds.
PhilaU holds a 23-7 edge all-time vs. the Bears.
PhilaU led by as many as seven ticks in the first stanza, keyed by a made trey from sophomore guard Jim Connolly and a bucket and two good free throws from junior guard Corey Francisco. Connolly chipped in 17 points on the night, while Francisco added eight points and seven boards.
The Rams were tied 29-29 at the break.
In the second half, junior center Temi Adebayo lit up the gym with four blocks (five total on the night) and eight of his 10 points. However, KU's leading scorers Eric Brennan and Tami Johnson (14 points) kept the Bears afloat with 46% shooting from the field.
The Rams shot 42% from the floor. Next up for the maroon and gray is a road trip to St. Thomas Aquinas on Tuesday (11/16) at 7 p.m. in non-conference action.