Team effort gives Rams an 88-68 victory over Nyack

Team effort gives Rams an 88-68 victory over Nyack

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – All five starters scored double-figure points as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team knocked off visiting Nyack, 86-66, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Saturday night at the Gallagher Center.

Jim Connolly led the Philadelphia (4-4, 2-0 CACC) offense with a season-high 21 points. Guard Nick Christian netted a season-best 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Guard Corey Francisco recorded a double-double with 18 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. Center Temi Adebayo had 15 points and nine boards. Guard Nick Schlitzer recorded 11 points and dished out a career-high eight assists.

Nyack (0-11, 0-3 CACC) got 15 points from Lafayette Curtis and 13 from Louis Allen.

The Rams shot 54.7 percent (35-of-64) from the field, while the Warriors connected at a 42.4 percent (28-of-66) clip. Philadelphia dominated the glass by a count of 42-28.

Philadelphia never trailed at it opened the game on a 23-8 run in the first eight minutes. All five starters contributed to the break-out, led by Francisco's eight points. The lead grew to 24 (43-21) on a Schlitzer layup with 41 seconds left in the half.

The lead hit a game-high 32 points when Connolly connected on a pair of free throws to make it a 75-43 affair with 8:15 remaining.

Philadelphia is off until Saturday, Dec. 17 when the team heads to University City to take on USciences in a CACC battle at 3 p.m.