PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team had its six-game winning streak snapped by a 61-54 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) loss to host Holy Family Thursday night in the Campus Center.
Philadelphia, the 25th-ranked team in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Poll, is now 8-2 overall and 3-2 against the CACC. Holy Family improves to 8-2 overall and remains perfect in conference play with a 4-0 record.
Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) shot 9-of-13 from the floor to lead the Rams in scoring with 19 points. Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) added 13 points, while Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) contributed 11 points.
Behind a career-high 17 rebounds from Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep), Philadelphia owned a 47-29 rebounding advantage.
The Rams were control for a majority of the first half thanks to a 13-3 run, which featured nine of Alexis' 13-first half points, that gave Philadelphia an 18-9 lead with 11:57 remaining. Philadelphia shot 6-of-8 during the surge, while Holy Family was 1-of-4 and committed two turnovers.
Holy Family answered back with nine of the game's next 11 points to trim the Philadelphia advantage to 20-18 on a Marvin Crawford 3-pointer. After an Alexis put back of a Kilpatrick miss put Philadelphia back up by seven, the Tigers rattled off seven straight points to tie the score at 25.
Mike Louden (Glen Mills, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) knocked down a jumper with 35 seconds left before the half to give Philadelphia a 27-25 advantage at the break.
The Tigers' Eric Fleming started the second half with a 3-pointer and kicked off an 11-3 run to give the home team a 36-30 cushion. Philadelphia chipped away at the Holy Family lead and was eventually able to reclaim a two-point advantage (41-39) on two Randolph free throws at the 9:19 mark.
The Philadelphia lead was short-lived as Isaiah Gans drained a 3-pointer on Holy Family's next possession to spark an 8-2 surge that put the Tigers back in front by four (47-43)
With 5:55 left, Randolph hit a 3-pointer to bring the Rams within a point (47-46), but the team was unable to get back to the lead as the Tigers hit 9 of their 10 free throw attempts the rest of the way.
Reggie Charles shot 8-of-15 from the floor and 13-of-15 from the charity stripe to pace the Tigers with 30 points. Marvin Crawford scored 11 points.
Philadelphia heads to Chestnut Hill for a CACC clash on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.