Men’s basketball falls to Dominican (N.Y.)

Men’s basketball falls to Dominican (N.Y.)

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) poured in a game-high 19 points for the Philadelphia University men's basketball team in a 65-54 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) loss to Dominican (N.Y.) Saturday afternoon in the Hennessy Center.

Philadelphia is now 18-5 overall, 11-3 in the CACC, after having its winning streak halted at eight. It was also the Rams' first loss to a CACC northern division opponent since an 82-67 setback at Dominican on Dec. 1, 2013, a winning streak of 20.

Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) contributed 16 points and five rebounds, while Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) racked up 11 points and eight boards.

After shooting just 34.6 percent in the opening half, the host Chargers (8-14, 7-6 CACC) caught fire and shot 60.7 percent during the final 20 minutes. The Rams shot at a 35.0 percent clip in the second half.

Philadelphia owned a 40-33 advantage with 15:32 left to play after Alexis sunk a pair of free throws. Then, Dominican hit six of its next seven shots during a 14-2 surge that gave the home team a 47-42 lead.

Kilpatrick closed the gap to a point (49-48) with one of his three 3-point baskets at the 9:19 mark. Unfazed by the Philadelphia threat, Dominican responded with 15 of the next 20 points to extend the lead to 64-53.

In the opening half, Philadelphia led by 11 (16-5) after Long scored the final eight points of a 12-0 outburst. Thanks to the run, the Rams led for the last 15 minutes of the first half. Philadelphia was up 32-27 at the half.

Kristopher Hargraves paced Dominican with 14 points, while Gerrel Irvin and Joe Clinton scored 13 points each.

The Chargers shot 48.1 percent (26-54) overall and the Rams hit 41.3 percent (19-46) of its attempts. Philadelphia outrebounded Dominican 36-29.

Philadelphia heads to the University of the Sciences for a CACC showdown on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.