Men's basketball fights off Southern New Hampshire 67-61

Men's basketball fights off Southern New Hampshire 67-61

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) scored 23 points and Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) recorded his first career double-double as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team defeated Southern New Hampshire University 67-61 Sunday afternoon in the SNHU Fieldhouse.

Philadelphia improves to 4-1 overall, 3-0 against the Northeast-10. Southern New Hampshire dips to 3-2.

Randolph finished the contest with 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and two steals. TJ Huggins was also in double figures for the Rams with 13 points.

Alexis a tremendous first half, pouring in 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting and helping the Rams lead 34-28 at the break.

Philadelphia didn't take its lead until the 8:22 mark of the first half when Alexis made a layup off of a feed from Huggins to make the score 19-18. The layup began a sequence where the teams would swap the lead seven times over a 6:18 span.

With the Penmen leading 28-27, Randolph knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:04 left to not only produce the seventh lead change of the half, but also spark a 7-0 run to give the Rams a six-point halftime lead.

The Rams opened the second half by outscoring the Penmen 8-3 to take a game-high 11-point lead (42-31) on a Huggins bucket with 3:46 into the half. Philadelphia made four of its five shot attempts during the surge.

Southern New Hampshire fought back with a 13-5 run, which included five points each Daquaise Andrews and Charlie Russo, to cut a 10-point gap (45-35) in to 50-48.

Randolph put an end to the Penmen momentum with a 3-pointer at the 8:05 mark and started 9-4 run that allowed the Rams to retake a seven-point advantage (61-54).

Southern New Hampshire made one last push, getting the Philadelphia lead down to 63-61 on an Andrews layup with 1:01 remaining. Randolph and Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) each went 2-for-2 at the free throw line to seal the win.

Chris Walters led four Penmen in double figures with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Devin Gilligan added 15 points, while Andrews had 14.

Philadelphia returns home to face Georgian Court University in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference contest on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m.