PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team used a 10-2 run over the final two minutes to pull away and defeat visiting St. Thomas Aquinas, 71-62, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game in the Gallagher Center.
Leading by a point, guard Nick Schlitzer, who scored 18 points, converted a three-point play to give Philadelphia (2-3) a 64-60 advantage at the 1:59 mark. After the Spartans' (2-3) Omar Kellman drained a basket to cut the gap to 64-62, the Rams scored the final seven points, five at the free throw line, to close out the game.
Philadelphia forward Corey Francisco led all players with 19 points, 11 in the first half. Guard Nick Christian poured in 14 points, four coming in the final surge. Center Temi Adebayo recorded 12 points.
St. Thomas Aquinas got 15 points each from James Ockimey and Justin Brown.
Philadelphia shot 54.3 percent (25-of-46) from the field, including 65.2 percent (15-of-23) in the first half. The Spartans shot 46.0 percent (23-of-50). The Rams owned a 30-25 rebounding edge.
A 15-3 run in the first half put the Rams ahead by a game-high 13 points (32-19). Francisco netted nine of the Rams' 15 points over the 5:44 stretch. Philadelphia led at the intermission, 36-28.
St. Thomas Aquinas went on a 15-3 run midway through the second half to knot the score at 55.
The Rams open Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play when they welcome Wilmington (Del.) University to the Gallagher Center Saturday, Dec. 3 for a 5 p.m. tipoff.