Connolly Keeps Rams Close but Come up Short in 71-61 Loss

Jim Connolly
Jim Connolly

Wilmington, DE- Philadelphia University men's basketball (14-11, 9-7 CACC) could not stop a persistent Goldey-Beacom College Lightning team (17-9, 12-4 CACC) in a 71-61 road loss on Wednesday night at the Jones Center. 

Here is the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) playoff scenario as of tonight: PhilaU can clinch the 'South' division #2 seed with a win against Nyack or a Chestnut Hill loss to Caldwell. If PhilaU loses and CHC wins, CHC will move into the No. 2 spot and host in the first round (CHC swept WU, PhilaU split). GBC meanwhile clinches the #1 seed in the 'South' and University of the Sciences has secured the #4 spot.

In this game, PhilaU shot 50% from floor but was outrebounded 37-29 and more than doubled their turnovers (22) to assists (10) ratio.  GBC shot 43% from the field on the night, while getting a game-high performance from Sam McDuffie with 26 points and eight rebounds. 

PhilaU was led by sophomore guard Jim Connolly's 24 ticks (including five three-balls).

PhilaU exchanged leads with the Lightning throughout the first half, but went into the break down 30-27.  In the second period, PhilaU junior center Temi Adebayo (nine points, two blocks) started things off with a bucket to keep the Rams within range, but GBC pulled ahead by 10 (51-41) at the 12:05 mark.

PhilaU freshman guard Nick Christian would give PhilaU their final lead of the game at 58-57 with 5:14 to play, but that would be as close as the visitors would get in the 71-61 loss, their second to GBC this season.  Christian finished with eight points and nine boards while PhilaU junior guard/forward Corey Francisco added 15 points and six rebounds in the effort. 

Up next for the Rams will be a Friday (2/25) visit to Nyack College for an 8 p.m. tipoff in their final regular season game of 2010-11.