Francisco lay-up shocks Washington Adventist, 59-57; Rams win eighth in a row

Francisco lay-up shocks Washington Adventist, 59-57; Rams win eighth in a row

TAKOMA PARK, Md. – Corey Francisco scored a game-high 18 points, but his final two were the biggest as he drained a lay-up as time expired to give the Philadelphia University men's basketball team a 59-57 victory over Washington Adventist Thursday night in The Pitt.

The win improves Philadelphia's record to 11-4 overall and increase its winning streak to eight games. Washington Adventist goes to 7-9.

After a Philadelphia timeout with 3.3 seconds remaining, Jim Connolly (15 points) inbounded the ball, from the frontcourt in front of the Ram bench, to Francisco. Then, Francisco spun away from his defender into an open lane along the baseline and hit the right-handed lay-up as the horn went off.

Philadelphia trailed 51-45 with 6:14 left in the game. Connolly hit two free throws to spark a 10-2 run, that he also capped with a triple, that gave the Rams a 55-53 lead with 2:15 to play.

The Shock's Jamie Newton (18 points, seven assists) and Philadelphia's Nick Schlitzer (10 points, nine rebounds) traded baskets to keep the Rams in front 57-55 with 33.4 seconds remaining.

Marcus Coleman, who recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds, tied the score on what would be Washington Adventist's final possession on a tip-in at the 14.2 mark.

Temi Adebayo contributed 11 points, eight blocks, five rebounds and four assists in the victory.

Philadelphia shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57) for the game, while Washington Adventist was a 34.4 percent shooting team (21-of-61). The Shock owned a 46-35 rebounding margin.

The Rams led 30-25 at halftime.

Philadelphia returns home to take on Bloomfield in a battle of Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference division leaders on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. The John '70 and Barbara Pierantozzi Scholarship Celebration will be held at halftime.