Rams come from behind to earn 76-66 win against Wilmington (Del.)

Jim Connolly
Jim Connolly

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team outscored visiting Wilmington (Del.) University 22-4 over the final 7:09 to come from behind and pick up a 76-66 win in its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opener Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.

Philadelphia (3-3, 1-0 CACC) rattled off six straight points to cut its deficit to just one point 62-61. After Wilmington's Herbert Dennis, who had six points and eight assists, pushed the gap to 64-61 with two made free throws at the 4:35 mark, Philadelphia would score 15 of the game's final 17 points.

Center Temi Adebayo started the final spurt with six of his 17 points and put the Rams ahead 66-64. Adebayo also had nine rebounds and six blocks, all coming in the second half.  Forward Nick Schlitzer sealed the win by hitting his final six free throw attempts on his way to a team-high 19 points.

Forward Corey Francisco finished with a double-double consisting of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Jim Connolly netted 13 of his 18 points in the opening half.

Wilmington (4-2, 0-1 CACC) got a game-high 23 points from guard Corye Payton. Guard James Pee scored 12 points in a reserve role.

The Rams knocked down 44.0 percent (22-of-50) of their shots, including 56.5 percent (13-of-23) in the second half. Philadelphia was phenomenal at the free-throw line, hitting at a 90.3 percent (28-of-31) clip. Wilmington shot 39.3 percent (22-of-56) from the field and 66.7 percent (14-of-21) at the line.

Philadelphia owned a 39-28 rebounding advantage, including a 23-10 edge in the final 20 minutes.

Philadelphia's next game is Friday, Dec. 9 against American International College at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. at 3 p.m. The contest is part of the inaugural Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase. Head coach Herb Magee was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in August.

For ticket prices and additional information about the Showcase please visit www.hoophall.com.