WORCESTER, Mass. – Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Reedemer) poured in a game- and season-high 28 points on 13-of-17 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Philadelphia University men's basketball team in an 83-73 loss to Assumption in a non-conference game played Sunday afternoon in Laska Gym.
Alexis scored the final six points during an early 8-2 run that gave Philadelphia (10-3) a 10-4 advantage just 3:13 into the contest.
Then, the host Greyhounds (5-6) caught fire, hitting four straight 3-pointers—two a piece from Reilly Reid and Declan Soukup—during a 14-2 surge to claim a six-point cushion (18-12). After Alexis scored to bring the Rams within a basket (18-16), Assumption ran off 13 points in a row, including three more 3-pointers, to extend the gap to 31-16 with 6:55 left in the half.
A Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) basket at the 2:04 mark got the Rams back within four (33-29). Julien Aiken hit Assumption's 10th 3-pointer of the first half with 31 seconds remaining and gave the Greyhounds a 42-31 halftime lead.
The Rams came out of the locker room strong to start the second half, scoring nine of the first 11 points to trim the Greyhound lead to 44-40 on an Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) layup with 15:22 still to play. Just 1:36 later, TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) made it a three-point game (48-45) as he made a layup and a free throw.
After Assumption reestablished an 11-point margin on an Aiken bucket, Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) knocked down a 3-pointer to spark a 15-7 surge that brought Philadelphia within three once again, 68-65 with 4:52 to play.
Three would be as close as the Rams would get because the Greyhounds shot 4-of-6 from the floor and made all four of their free throw attempts the rest of the way.
Huggins had 14 points and 10 rebounds to record a double-double for the third straight game. Kilpatrick added 18 points.
Kamali Bey and Soukup paced the Greyhounds, who finished the game hitting 13 3-pointers, with 19 points each.
The Rams shot 48.4 percent from the floor, while the Greyhounds hit 44.8 percent of their attempts.
Philadelphia doesn't return to the court until it heads to St. Anselm for a New Year's Eve non-conference clash at noon.