Connolly shoots Rams to an 86-75 road win over Post

Jim Connolly
Jim Connolly

WATERBURY, Conn. – Guard Jim Connolly poured in a season-best 35 points to lead the Philadelphia University men's basketball team to their fifth straight win, an 86-75 victory over Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) foe Post University on Saturday afternoon in the Drubner Center.

The Rams, who never trailed throughout the contest, improve to 9-4 overall and remain perfect in the CACC with a 5-0 mark. Post is now 4-10 overall and 2-3 against the conference.

Connolly, who was just two points away from tying his career-high (37 points against Concordia (N.Y.) on Jan. 29, 2011), shot 11-of-17 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line.

Guards Corey Francisco and Nick Schlitzer both contributed 15 points each for the Rams. Connolly, Francisco and Schlitzer played all 40 minutes.

The Eagles had four players in double-figures, led by Geraldo Fernandez's 17 points. Saurnas Jackson scored 14 points and Zack Krischer and Jerry Cummings added 13.

Philadelphia, shot 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the field. It is the seventh time this season that the Rams have connected on at least 50 percent of their shots. The Eagles shot 42.4 percent (28-of-66) overall. The Rams outrebounded the Eagles, 39-30.

Philadelphia has eight days off until traveling to Chestnut Hill for a CACC southern division battle Monday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.