Francisco’s Career-High 28 Lift Rams 73-64 over HFU

Corey Francisco
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Philadelphia, PA- The Philadelphia University men's basketball team (12-8, 7-4 CACC) seemed to do everything right in a 73-64 win over the visiting Holy Family University Tigers (4-17, 2-9 CACC) on Tuesday night in the Gallagher Athletic Center.  The Rams currently sit in second-place in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) South division, while HFU ranks as the South's current cellar dweller.

PhilaU junior captain Corey Francisco had himself a night, contributing a career-high 28 points (6-8 from three) along with five rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes.  HFU was led by Sam Mushman's 12 points and nine rebounds.

PhilaU never trailed in this one, edging ahead by as many as 15 points in the first half, while HFU shot a dismal 17% from the floor in that stanza.

The Rams chalked up a 31-19 lead at the half.

In round two, PhilaU junior center Temi Adebayo exploded for 14 of his game total 16 points, as he opened the half with a jumper.  Adebayo added nine boards and five blocks.  HFU sneaked within six points (61-55 at 3:56) on an Alberto Munoz bucket, but PhilaU sophomore guard Jim Connolly notched his second three of the night to give his squad some room to breathe on the ensuing play.  Connolly totaled six points and six boards on the night.

In the final minute and a half, PhilaU rookie guard Nick Christian went 3-4 at the stripe to seal the deal and give the Rams a 73-64 home win.  Christian tallied 18 points, eight boards and eight assists in the victory march. 

The maroon and gray will travel south in their next match-up, a Thursday (2/10) CACC game at Wilmington University at 8 p.m.