NEW CASTLE, Del. – Four Rams scored in double-figures as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team put a stop to its two-game slide by defeating Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opponent Wilmington (Del.) University, 65-58, in the Pratt Center Tuesday night.
Center Temi Adebayo and guard Nick Christian led the Rams (13-6, 8-2 CACC) with 18 points each. Christian also tied a career-high with nine assists. Guard Jim Connolly came through with 11 points. Guard Corey Francisco recorded a double-double consisting of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Wilmington's (7-12, 3-7 CACC) Corye Payton posted a game-high 20 points. Brandon Fox had 15 points, while Matthew King pitched in with 10.
The Rams trailed only once, 35-34 with 18:28 left in the game. They didn't trial long because 16 seconds later Christian hit a three to give the Rams a 37-35 lead. Adebayo hit a jumper to extend the Philadelphia lead to 50-43. The closest the game got after that was 52-49 at the 5:36 mark.
Philadelphia opened the contest with a 10-3 run, capped by a Nick Schlitzer (eight points) trey at the 16:19 mark. Adebayo hit two free throws that gave Philadelphia an 18-7 lead with 10:58 in the first half. The Rams' advantage was 33-29 at the break after the Wildcats ended the half with a 9-3 spurt
The Rams shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) for the game, including 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from three. Wilmington was a 39.3 percent (22-of-56) shooting team. Philadelphia outrebounded Wilmington, 37-30.
Philadelphia returns to the Gallagher Center to take on Concordia (N.Y.) in a CACC showdown Saturday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m.