PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team had all five starters score in double figures as the Rams picked up their first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) win of the season, 81-69 over Georgian Court Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.
TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) and Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) combined to score 43 points. Alexis shot 8-of-10 from the floor to score a team-high 22 points, while Huggins poured in 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Huggins also grabbed a team-best 12 rebounds to complete his second double-double of the year.
Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) added 14 points and Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) racked up 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal. Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) had 10 points.
The Rams (5-1, 1-1 CACC) shot 55.3 percent from the field and 81.5 percent at the free throw line, both season bests.
For a majority of the first half, neither team was able to pull away from the other as the Rams and Lions swapped the lead eight times and were tied five time. In the opening 15 minutes, Philadelphia's largest lead was 23-19 with 7:52 left in the half, while Georgian Court led by two points twice.
With the Lions (1-4, 0-2 CACC) up 26-25, Kilpatrick knocked down a basket with 5:16 left in the half to put the Rams back in front and start an 8-0 spurt to widen the gap to 33-26. Huggins drained a 3-pointer with 35 seconds to go to cap another 8-0 run, that included two Huggins' threes, and give Philadelphia a half-high 43-32 cushion.
Georgian Court made a rally midway through the second half to pull within two points. With the Rams up 51-42, Nikola Vujovic—the Lions' leading scorer with 25 points, drained two free throws to start a 7-0 run that closed the gap to 51-49 with 12:49 to play.
At the 8:17 mark, Mike Louden (Glen Mills, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) drained a 3-pointer to give the Rams a 63-56 advantage. The Lions were able to get back within 66-63, but the Rams were able to close out the game with a 15-6 run over the final 5:22 to earn the win. During the run, Philadelphia went 11-of-12 at the free throw line.
Keith Hughes added 17 points and 10 points for the Lions.
Philadelphia takes on New Haven in a non-conference game on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.