Men's basketball claims CACC opener at Goldey-Beacom 70-54

Men's basketball claims CACC opener at Goldey-Beacom 70-54

WILMINGTON, Del. – Senior forward Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in his first game of the season to lead the Philadelphia University men's basketball team to a 70-54 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Goldey-Beacom Wednesday night.

Jordan DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) and Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) both recorded double-doubles in the win for the Rams (3-0, 1-0 CACC), who never trailed in the game. DeCicco posted a career-high 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his first career double-double, while Randolph had 12 points and tied his career high of 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the year.

Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) added 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Kilpatrick scored 10 of his 14 second-half points during a 25-6 run that turned a one-point (38-37) Philadelphia lead into a 63-43 advantage with 6:02 remaining.  During the 11:04 span in which the Rams broke the game open, Philadelphia shot 9-for-19 from the floor, 5-for-11 from 3-point range, and held Goldey-Beacom to 3-of-15 shooting. The Rams also forced five Lightning (1-2, 0-1 CACC) turnovers.

After the game-changing run, Philadelphia maintained a lead of at least 15 points the rest of the way.

Philadelphia went on a 12-2 run late in the first half to take a half-high 10-point lead (34-24) on a pair of DeCicco free throws with 1:13 left.

Goldey-Beacom had three players reach double figures, led by Elijah Tillman's 13 points and nine rebounds. Pierre Ridgeway-Higgs had 11 points and Shakeen Wilson added 10 points.

Philadelphia made a season-high 11 3-pointers and shot 42.3 percent from behind the arc. Overall, Philadelphia made 38.2 percent (21-of-55) from the field. The Rams owned a 45-33 rebounding advantage.

The Rams' next contest comes on Sunday, Nov. 20 when Philadelphia heads to Molloy for a non-conference game at 1 p.m.