Rams surge their way past Chestnut Hill, 56-42

Corey Francisco
Corey Francisco

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – A 19-4 Ram run over the final 6:57 proved to be the difference as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team earned a 56-42 victory over host Chestnut Hill College in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game Monday night at Sorgenti Arena.

Philadelphia, a winner in seven straight games, improves to 10-4 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the CACC to lead the southern division. Chestnut Hill is now 12-7 overall and 5-2 in conference play.

Trailing 38-37, guard Nick Schlitzer (10 points) started the run by draining a three-pointer at the 5:23 mark. Guard Jim Connolly scored seven of his team-high 16 points during the charge, including a pair of free throws with 32 seconds remaining to give the Rams their largest lead of the night at 56-42. Guard Corey Francisco (11 points, eight rebounds) scored five points in the run.

The run broke open a tightly-contested second half that featured six lead changes.

Philadelphia opened the contest 14 of the first 16 points, including the first 10, in the first seven minutes. Center Temi Adebayo (nine points, 10 rebounds, two blocks) scored six points in that stretch. The Rams led at intermission, 28-22.

Alssene Saintilus led the Griffins with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Rams shot 35.6 percent (21-of-59) for the game, while holding the Griffins to a 26.9 percent (14-of-52) clip. Philadelphia owned a 45-39 rebounding advantage.

Philadelphia wraps up its non-conference Thursday, Jan. 19 at Washington Adventist in Takoma Park, Md. Tip time is 8 p.m.