Adebayo slams Rams past Dominican (N.Y.), 51-49

Temi Adebayo
Temi Adebayo

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Center Temi Adebayo threw down a slam dunk with just three seconds remaining to regulation to give the Philadelphia University men's basketball team a 51-49 victory over Dominican (N.Y.) College in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game Saturday afternoon on Coach Baxter Court.

Adebayo finished the contest with 12 points, 10 of which came after halftime, and six rebounds. Guard Stephen Griffin had one assist in the game and it came at the most important time of the game as it set-up the Adebayo finisher. He also had four points.

Guard Corey Francisco led the Rams (16-7, 11-3 CACC) with 15 points and 13 rebounds, tying his season high. After scoring his 1,000th-career point on Thursday night, guard Jim Connolly contributed 11 points. Guard Nick Christian added seven rebounds, six points and five assists.

Leon Porter paced the Chargers (14-8, 7-7 CACC) with a team-best 15 points. Cory Quimby posted a double-double of 14 points and 13 boards. Khaleev Ginyard had 10 points.

Philadelphia outshot host Dominican, 45.6 percent (21-of-46) to 30.5 percent (18-of-59). The Chargers owned a 35-34 rebounding advantage.

The Adebayo dunk capped off a nip-and-tuck second half that featured seven ties and five lead changes. The Chargers—who were up 24-21 at the break— led by no more than three points during the final 20 minutes. Dominican's final three-point lead came when Porter drained a trey to make the score 31-28 with 12:55 to play. Six straight points by the Adebayo put the Rams ahead by four points (46-42) with 3:58 left. Down 49-45, Porter rattled off four straight points to tie the score at 49 with 28 seconds on the clock.

Francisco scored the game's first five points in the first 50 seconds. Dominican countered with a 16-4 run, capped by two Quimby free throws at the 12:58 mark, to take a 16-9 advantage.

Philadelphia returns to the Gallagher Center to face the University of the Sciences in a CACC contest Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.