Men's basketball knocks off Merrimack 88-78

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team passed its first test away from home this season, getting four players to score in double figures in an 88-78 victory over Merrimack at the SNHU Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.

Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) shot 9-of-19 from the field, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Rams (3-1) with 23 points. Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) was 7-of-11 from the floor and 7-of-11 at the free throw line to pour in 22 points.

Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) and TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) added 18 and 17 points, respectively.

After falling behind 3-0 on a Gelvis Solano triple, Philadelphia rattled off nine points in a row to take a 9-3 lead on a Kilpatrick layup at the 15:59 mark. The 3-0 lead was Merrimack's only lead of the day.

With their lead down to 14-12, Randolph knocked down a 3-pointer to spark a 15-3 run to extend the margin to 29-15 with 7:36 left in the half. Randolph hit two threes doing the surge, while Kilpatrick scored five points. The Rams shot 6- of-10, while the Warriors were 1-for-5.

Philadelphia's lead grew to a game-high 17 points (36-21) on another Randolph 3-point basket with 5:15 left in the half.

The Rams shot 16-of-32 from the field and 10-of-12 at the line to lead 46-33 at the half.

In the second half, Philadelphia's lead remained in double figures until Merrimack went on a brief 8-0 spurt, finished off by a JT Strickland layup, made the score 69-63 with 5:21 left. An 8-2 run, which included four Kilpatrick points, pushed the advantage back up to 14 (81-67).

Solano had a great day for Merrimack (2-2) as he scored 39 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field and 11-of-14 at the line. Strickland added 15 points.

Led by a game- and career-high 11 rebounds from Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep), Philadelphia owned a 39-22 rebounding advantage. The Rams finished the game shooting a season-best 53.6 percent, while the Warriors hit at a 51.7 percent clip.

Philadelphia returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Southern New Hampshire University at 5 p.m.