Late rally comes up short as Rams falls to Merrimack, 63-58

PhilaU Basketball
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – A late comeback attempt came up just short as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team was defeated by Merrimack College, 63-58, in a non-conference contest on Hammel Court.

Philadelphia (1-3) trailed by 57-47 with 6:59 to go after Merrimack's Mike Clifford, who scored 12 points, converted a lay-up.
Led by forward Corey Francisco, who scored four of his eight points during an 8-1 run, the Rams cut the gap to 58-55.
The Warriors (4-1) Aaron Strothers stopped the run with a three-point play to extend the margin to 61-55 with 1:41 remaining. Strothers finished the game with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Forward Nick Schlitzer was the Rams' top scorer for the fourth straight game by scoring 16 points. Guard Nick Christian had a game-high 15 rebounds and 14 points for his first double-double of the year. Center Temi Adebayo finished with 12 points.
Wayne Mack paced the Warriors with a game-high 17 points, while Adam Marshall added 10.
The Rams outshot the Warriors, 42.9 percent (24-of-56) to 41.7 percent (25-of-60). Merrimack owned a 38-36 rebounding edge.
Philadelphia broke a 19-all tie with seven straight points over a two-minute span to grab a 26-19 lead with 5:06 left in the first half.  Merrimack outscored the Rams 11-3 in the final 5:06 to take a 30-29 halftime lead.
Philadelphia returns home to take on St. Thomas Aquinas Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m.