Sharp shooting Rams take down Bloomfield, 85-66; Extend winning streak to nine

Sharp shooting Rams take down Bloomfield, 85-66; Extend winning streak to nine

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Four Rams reached double-figures in scoring as the Philadelphia University men's basketball shot over 60 percent for the game and defeated Bloomfield College, 85-66, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.

Philadelphia extends its winning streak to nine games as it improves to 12-4 overall and 7-0 against the CACC. Bloomfield had its 11-game string of victories come to an end. The Deacons go to 14-6 overall and 8-2 in conference play.

Guard Nick Schlitzer led the way in scoring with a game-high 25 points, 19 coming in the first half. Guard Corey Francisco caught fire in the second half, scoring 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting from three-point range to finish a season-high 24 points. Guard Jim Connolly netted 16 points and center Temi Adebayo racked up 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Guard Nick Christian finished up with 11 rebounds, eight points and eight assists.

The Rams shot 62.3 percent (33-of-53) from the field, including 65.0 percent (13-of-20) from three-point range. Both percentages are season-highs.

Bloomfield got a team-high 15 points from Ahmad Harris. Terry Hicks, Matt Wafula and Kevin Udo all added 10 points. Udo also grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. The Deacons were held to 41.5 percent (27-of-65) from the field, including 29.4 percent (5-of-17) from three.

The Rams took their first double-digit lead of the game when Francisco drained a lay-up with 13:37 left in the game to make the score 59-48. A pair of Francisco treys bookended a 10-2 run that extended the gap to 19 points with 6:05 to play. Francisco's sixth three of the game gave Philadelphia its largest lead of the game at 85-64 with 35 seconds left.

Philadelphia led at the half, 45-41.

Philadelphia looks for its 10th win in a row when it hosts Goldey-Beacom College in a CACC contest Thursday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m.