Randolph hits game-winner as men's basketball defeats La Salle 79-78

Randolph hits game-winner as men's basketball defeats La Salle 79-78

PHILADELPHIA – Guard Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./) hit a 13-foot jumper in the lane with 0.3 seconds remaining to give the Philadelphia University men's basketball team a 79-78 victory over Division I La Salle Saturday afternoon in an exhibition contest in Tom Gola Arena.

This is the second straight season, third in the last five years, that Philadelphia has defeated a Division I opponent. The Rams defeated James Madison last year and Delaware in 2010. It is also the team's first ever victory over the Explorers.

Philadelphia trailed 78-77 with 10.3 seconds remaining after Jordan Price, who led La Salle with 18 points, sunk a pair of free throws.

With no timeouts remaining, TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams), Philadelphia's leading scorer with 24 points, brought the ball up the court and handed it off the Randolph at midcourt. Randolph drove into the lane, spun away from a defender, and hit a fade-away jumper for the winner and the last of his 14 points.

The basket capped a second half that saw the Rams trailing 54-29 with 18:12 left in the contest. Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) drained a 3-pointer from the left corner at the 8:58 mark, after a drive from Huggins left him alone, to cut the La Salle to single digits (69-60) for the first time since it was 30-22 in the first half.

After Price pushed the Explorer lead back up to 12 (72-60) with a three-point play, Huggins hit a lay-up and sparked a 17-4 run over a 6:54 span that put Philadelphia back in front 77-76. Huggins led the charge with eight points, while Peter Alexis () added four of his 13 points—including the layup to put Philadelphia in the lead.

In the first half, Mike Louden (Glen Mills, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Rams ahead 12-11 at the 15:12 mark. Then, La Salle, who shot 64.0 percent in the first half, took over and led at the break 46-29.

Kilpatrick finished with 17 points, while Alexis completed a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds.

Aside from Price, Johnnie Shuler added 13 points and six assists and Karl Harris recorded 12 points.

The Rams owned a 36-25 rebounding average, 18-8 on the offensive glass. La Salle finished the game shooting 51.0 percent, while Philadelphia shot 49.2 percent.

Philadelphia opens the 2015 season against Franklin Pierce on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.