PHILADELPHIA – Freshman guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) led four Philadelphia University men's basketball players in double figures with a career-high 18 points, but the Rams were upended by Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opponent Holy Family, 65-62, in the Gallagher Center Tuesday night.
In 40 minutes of action for the Rams (5-2, 2-1 CACC), Gibbs shot 6-of-15 from the field, including four made three-pointers. He also had three rebounds, two assists, a block.
Freshman forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) netted 17 points and dished out four assists in his first collegiate action. Freshman forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Reedemer) and junior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Johnson, Alexis and Christian all hauled down seven rebounds.
Holy Family (4-4, 1-1 CACC)—who earned their first-ever win against Holy Family in 24 tries—got a game-high 19 points from Ervin Ezell, 12 coming after halftime. Richard Council went 10-of-14 at the free-throw line on his way to an 18-point night. Angel Ayala came off the bench to record 12 points and nine rebounds.
After trading the lead six times in the first half, Philadelphia took control with an 8-2 spurt to turn a one-point game into a seven-point contest at 27-20 with 3:40 left.
The Tigers came back to cut the lead to three on a pair of Council free throws with 16 seconds to go in the first half.
An 11-3, which included two Alberto Munoz (10 points) threes, gave Holy Family a game-high seven-point lead at 46-39.
Philadelphia responded as it scored 13 of the next 15 points, seven from Gibbs and six from Alexis, to reclaim a four-point cushion (52-48) with 7:23 to play.
Trailing by one, Ezell took over as he scored Holy Family next eight points to give the Tigers a five-point lead (61-56) with 2:21 left.
Christian drained two free throws with 11 seconds left in the game to bring the Rams within a point at 63-62. Ezell answered two seconds later by hitting two free throws.
After a timeout with 1.3 seconds left, senior guard Jim Connolly's (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) three-point attempt bounced off the rim.
The Rams shot 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from the field, including 17.2 percent (5-of-29) from three. Holy Family connected at a 45.8 percent (22-of-48) clip and 27.8 percent (5-of-16) from behind the arc.
Philadelphia outrebounded Holy Family, 35-31.
The Rams visit Nyack for a CACC showdown Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.