Adebayo's career-high rallies Rams past Holy Family, 68-65

Temi Adebayo
Temi Adebayo

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Center Temi Adebayo scored nine of his career-high 29 points during the game-ending 15-4 run to help rally the Philadelphia University men's basketball team past visiting Holy Family University, 68-65, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game Monday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.

Philadelphia (8-4, 4-0 CACC) trailed 61-53 with 7:30 left when Adebayo kick started the run by rattling off four straight points. Adebayo made a jumper at the 4:04 mark to tie the game at 61. Forty seconds later, guard Nick Schlitzer, who finished with 20 points, cleaned up an Adebayo miss to put the Rams ahead 63-61, their first lead of the second half.  Adebayo extended the lead to 65-61 with a layup at the 2:38 mark.

Alberto Munoz (11 points) and Angel Ayala (11 points, 11 rebounds) responded for Holy Family (5-7, 1-3 CACC) with back-to-back baskets to tie the game at 65 with 1:03 to play.

Adebayo stepped to the line with 32 seconds left and hit one of his two free throw attempts to put the Rams back in front 66-65.

Nick Christian, who recorded nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals, took over defensively forcing a pair of turnovers in the final 11 seconds, one coming on the Tigers' final possession, to seal the win.

Guard Corey Francisco had 10 rebounds and eight points for Philadelphia, while fellow guard Jim Connolly scored nine points.

The Rams are now 7-0 at home and 21-0 all-time against Holy Family.

Khiry Hankins had 18 points in the loss for Holy Family, and Rickie Crews grabbed eight rebounds.

Both teams shot 47 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. The Tigers outrebounded the Rams, 32-29.

In the first half the Tigers held a 24-16 lead with 8:15 left. Philadelphia went on a 13-5 run to take a 29-27 lead on a Schlitzer layup at the 5:13 mark. Holy Family scored six of the final seven points to go into the locker room up 33-30.