Rams push past Concordia (N.Y.), 85-70

Jim Connolly
Jim Connolly

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team never trailed as it defeated visiting Concordia (N.Y.) College, 85-70, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.

Four Rams (14-6, 9-2 CACC) reached double-figures in the victory. Guard Jim Connolly led all players with 24 points. Connolly also hauled down a season-high eight rebounds. He is just 30 points away from becoming the team's 46th 1,000-point scorer.

Center Temi Adebayo contributed 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Guard Nick Schlitzer netted 21 points, while guard Corey Francisco had 16 points and eight rebounds. Guard Nick Christian dished out a career-high 10 assists.

Lavor Morris came off-the-bench to pace Concordia (10-11, 7-6 CACC) with 21 points. Brandon Whitaker added 15 points and seven rebounds in a reserve role.

The Rams shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) overall and 90.5 percent (19-of-21) at the free throw line. The Clippers connected on 34.2 percent (25-of-73) of their shots and were 63.6 percent (14-of-22) at the stripe. Philadelphia owned a slight 46-42 rebounding advantage.

Philadelphia broke the game's only tie with nine straight points to take an 11-2 lead with 16:27 left in the first half. The Rams took a half-high 12-point lead when Connolly drained a three-pointer to make the score 42-30 with 2:01 left.

Philadelphia outscored Concordia 16-7 over a 7:28 stretch to turn a five-point game into a 70-56 contest, thwarting any Clipper hopes for a rally. Two Adebayo free throws with 3:21 left gave Philadelphia a game-high 76-58 lead.

The Rams' next contest is Tuesday, Feb. 7 against visiting Chestnut Hill College at 8 p.m. Philadelphia defeated the Griffins on Jan. 16, 56-42, at Chestnut Hill.