Rams fall to Cougars, 62-61

Jim Connolly
Jim Connolly

CALDWELL, N.J. – Arthur Morrsion hit two free throws with five seconds left in regulation to give Caldwell a 62-61 win over the Philadelphia University men's basketball team Saturday afternoon in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game in the Newman Center.


Guard Jim Connolly led Philadelphia (12-6, 7-2 CACC) with a game-high 21 points. He is now 65 points away from scoring 1,000 in his career. Guard Nick Schlitzer added 20 points. Center Temi Adebayo contributed 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.  Guard Nick Christian had a team-high nine rebounds.


Michael Balkovic was the lone Cougar (11-9, 6-7 CACC) in double-figures with 14 points.


The teams had nearly identical field goal percentages. Caldwell shot 36.7 percent (22-of-60), while Philadelphia hit 36.4 (20-of-55) for its attempts. The Cougars outrebounded the Rams, 38-36.


Philadelphia trailed 54-47 with 8:41 left after Morrsion, who finished with nine points, drained a three-pointer. The Rams responded with a 12-4 run, capped off by a Connolly trey, to take a 59-58 lead with 3:55 remaining. Connolly led the run with five points.


After Morrison made two free throws, Connolly made two of his own to keep Philadelphia in front by one (61-60) at the 1:28 mark.


In the first half, Philadelphia held an eight-point lead on three separate occasions. The Cougars, behind seven of Kevin Walker's game total nine points, when on a 17-6 run to take a 35-31 halftime lead.


Philadelphia travels to Delaware to take on CACC foe Wilmington on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. The Rams came from behind to defeat the Wildcats, 76-66, in Philadelphia on Dec. 3.