Huggins' career-high carries men's basketball to victory over Bloomfield

Huggins' career-high carries men's basketball to victory over Bloomfield

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.

Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) scored 20 points, while Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) added in 17 for the Rams, who shot 51.8 percent from the field in the game.

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.