Rams Cage the Caldwell Cougars in OT, 72-65

Temi Adebayo
Temi Adebayo

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Philadelphia, PA- The Philadelphia University men's basketball team (11-8, 6-4 CACC) fended off the Caldwell College Cougars (7-12, 4-7 CACC) in an overtime match Saturday afternoon at the Gallagher Athletic Center, 72-65. The drive to victory was led by PhilaU junior center Temi Adebayo who netted 18 points alongside eight rebounds and six blocks.

The Rams held off the Cougars shooting 46%- CC's 33% from the field and outshot them from downtown 38%- CC's 25%.  Derrick Ross led CC with 18 points. 

High shooters for PhilaU included junior forward Corey Francisco (17 points), freshman guard Nick Christian (16 points) and sophomore guard Jim Connolly (15 points).

CC controlled much of the first half but a pair of foul shots by Francisco would tie the match and seconds later Connolly hit a three-pointer to give PhilaU the lead 24-21 at 7:40. Adebayo added a jumper to put the Rams up by nine, their largest lead of the match at 3:29.

PhilaU inched ahead 34-33 at halftime.

CC was the first to strike in the second half with a layup by Nik Otovic to give them a 35-34 lead. A monstrous dunk from Adebayo at 3:55 tied the match at 57's and brought fans at the Gallagher Center to their feet.

Adebayo's two made free-throws would tie the game, 60-60, and send it into OT.

In extra time, a series of free throws by PhilaU's squad would preserve their lead as they held on for the eventual 72-65 home victory. 

The Rams will host Holy Family University on Tuesday (2/8) in a CACC makeup game at 7:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.