Men's basketball falls to Chestnut Hill in regular season finale

Men's basketball falls to Chestnut Hill in regular season finale

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team finished the regular season with a 74-70 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) loss to visiting Chestnut Hill Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.

Philadelphia—the seventh-ranked team in the NCAA Division II East Region Rankings—concludes the regular season at 21-7 overall, 14-5 against the CACC. The Rams finished second in the CACC southern division and will host Concordia (N.Y.), the third seed from the north, in the first round of the CACC Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 27 in the Gallagher Center at 4:30 p.m.

TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) paced the Philadelphia offense with 20 points and five assists. Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) recorded 14 points and 13 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) and Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) added 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Philadelphia faced a 54-47 deficit with 7:10 remaining after Chestnut Hill (13-14, 10-9 CACC) went on a 13-4 run. After trading baskets on four consecutive possessions, Huggins drained a 13-footer in the lane to spark a 6-0 run that pulled the Rams within 58-57 at the 4:49 mark.

Once again, the teams went back and forth swapping two points until Bryant Quill went 2-for-2 with 2:28 left at the free throw line to put the visitors up 66-61.

Mike Louden (Glen Mills, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) knocked down a 3-pointer from the right corner with 18 seconds on the clock to trim the Rams' deficit to 71-70. Quill made one free throw when Chestnut Hill got the ball back to double the margin. Huggins earned a trip to the free throw line with nine seconds left after getting fouled on a drive to the basket. However, Huggins missed both free throws and Quill grabbed the rebound.

In the opening half, Philadelphia came from eight points down (28-20) in the final 3:07 to take a 29-28 halftime lead on a Huggins layup as time expired.

Edward McWade and Demetrius Isaac scored 21 points each to lead the Griffins.

Philadelphia shot 45.3 percent (29-of-64) from the field, while Chestnut Hill connected at a 51.0 percent (25-of-49) clip.