PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia University forward T.J. Huggins (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) scored a career-high 29 points as the Rams (17-4, 10-2 CACC) held on to defeat Bloomfield (9-10, 8-4 CACC) 79-75 Saturday afternoon in men's basketball play at the Gallagher Center.
Huggins was 11-for-17 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Rams saw the Bears rally from a 16-point deficit in the second half. Bloomfield was paced by 18 points from Nick Davidson on 6-for-12 shooting, with Safee Abdus-Sabur scoring 18 off the bench.
The game was won at the foul line as the Rams shot 15-for-20 from the line, while Bloomfield was 18-for-29.
After a nip-and-tuck beginning of the first half, which saw the teams exchange leads, the Rams went on a 23-10 run to end the last 10:34 to take a 42-29 lead into intermission.
In the second half, the Rams would extend the lead to as much as 16 points at 56-40 on a three-point play by Huggins with 13:18 left. From there, Bloomfield chopped away at the lead going on a shot 9-4 run to get the deficit back down with ten.
The Rams would rebuild back up to a 12-point edge, before Bloomfield got within a basket at 63-61 with 7:39 left on a three-pointer by Abdus-Sabur. Huggins and Abdus-Sabur would trade baskets, before Huggins would make a basket with 5:33 left for a 67-63 Philadelphia University advantage.
Davidson would score four straight points, the last two coming on a layup with 4:30 left to tie the score at 67-all.
Alexis would sink a layup with 4:01 left to give the Rams a 69-67 lead, a lead that they would maintain. Bloomfield would get to within one at 69-68 and 74-73 with 26 seconds left. Alexis would make two foul shots with 24 seconds left to give the Rams a three-point lead, 76-73.
A jump shot by Abdus-Sabur with 17 seconds left got the Bears back to within one at 76-75. After Alexis made 1-of-2 foul shots, Bloomfield came down with a chance to tie or take the lead but Abdus-Sabur missed a layup in traffic with eight seconds left.
Two foul shots by Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) iced the game with seven seconds left.
Philadelphia returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 6 with a CACC contest at Dominican (N.Y.) at 4 p.m.