Connolly shoots Rams past Holy Family for 65-62 win

Jim Connolly
Jim Connolly

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Guard Jim Connolly knocked down nine-three pointers, but his most important one came from the top-of-the-key with 0.8 left in regulation to give the Philadelphia University men's basketball team a 65-62 victory over Holy Family in the regular season finale Tuesday night in the Campus Center.

The Rams end the regular season at 18-8 overall, 13-4 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). Philadelphia is the southern division's second seed and will host Post, the third seed in the north, in the first of the CACC Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

Connolly shot 9-of-13 from three-point range to finish with a game-high 29 points, 20 coming after halftime. Center Temi Adebayo contributed 22 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots in the win.

Holy Family (12-12, 8-8 CACC) got a team-best 19 points from Khiry Hankins. Eric Fleming added 13 points, while Rickie Crews had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Philadelphia shot 45.7 percent (21-of-46) from the field, including 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from three-point land. Holy Family hit 36.7 percent (22-of-60) of its attempts, and 36.8 percent (7-of-19) of its three-pointers. Holy Family owns a 35-30 rebounding edge.

The Rams used an 11-0 second half run, which included two treys from Connolly and one from guard Nick Schlitzer (nine points), to turn a five-point deficit into a 43-37 lead with 12:47 to go.

Holy Family outscored Philadelphia 16-9 over a 6:38 stretch to reclaim a 53-52 lead on a Hankins jumper. Connolly answered right back on the next Ram possession with a triple to put Philadelphia back in front 55-53.

The Rams would never trail after that basket; However, Holy Family would go on a late 7-2 run, capped off by two Hankins free throws with 21 seconds on the clock, to knot the score at 62.

In the opening half, the Rams scored 11 straight points to take a 27-22 lead with 2:08 remaining. Schlitzer led the charge with a pair of three-pointers. Philadelphia's lead at the intermission was 27-26.