MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team concluded 2015 with a tough 77-73 overtime loss to Saint Anselm in a clash of two of the top teams in the East Region Thursday afternoon in Stoutenburgh Gym.
The Hawks' Victor Joshua scored a game-high 27 points, including the final four points of the overtime session. With the scored tied at 73, Joshua made a layup as the shot clock wound down to put Saint Anselm (10-1) ahead 75-73 with 16 seconds to play.
On the Rams' (10-4) final possession, Kaison Randolph's (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) go-ahead 3-point attempt was off the mark. The rebound came down to Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep), but he would be called for travelling to give the ball back to the Hawks. Joshua sealed the game with a 2-for-2 trip to the free throw line.
Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) led the Rams with 24 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots, and two steals. Randolph finished with 21 points, while Brendan Kilpatrick (Malvern, Pa./Norristown Prep) added 19 points.
TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) played a big role in Philadelphia's 40-36 rebounding advantage as he grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
Randolph single-handedly sent the game to overtime, scoring the final five points of regulation to help the Rams overcome a 65-60 deficit in the last 2:14. He drained two free throws to close the gap to 65-62. Two possessions later, Randolph knocked down one of his three 3-pointers to knot the score at 65.
Saint Anselm, behind a 9-for-11 shooting effort from Joshua, shot 53.1 percent in the opening half to lead 40-35 at the break.
Alexis hit a pair of baskets and Kilpatrick drained a 3-pointer during a 7-2 spurt that gave the Rams a 12-6 cushion 3:21 into the contest. The Hawks came right back with 21 of the next 24 points, 14 from Joshua over a six-minute span to go in front 27-15.
Harrison Taggart scored 17 points for Saint Anselm, while Mike McCahey scored 16.
Philadelphia begins the 2016 part of its schedule with a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference contest against Concordia (N.Y.) on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.