KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team gave eighth-ranked Kutztown University all it could handle Tuesday night, but fell just shy of springing the upset, suffering a 70-67 setback in Keystone Arena.
Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) had a tremendous night shooting the ball, going 9-of-17 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and 8-of-8 at the free throw line to finish with a season-high 29 points—one point off of his career high. Randolph also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
The Rams (4-2) put together their best offensive half of the season as the team shot 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from the field during the opening 20 minutes to lead 42-30 at the half. It was Philadelphia's best shooting percentage and scoring output in a single half this season.
Randolph scored five of his 19-first half points at the beginning of a 10-0 run that gave Philadelphia a 17-7 advantage at the 14:39 mark. After Kutztown (5-0) closed the gap to 22-18, the Rams ran off seven straight points to take a 29-18 lead on a Kilpatrick 3-pointer. The lead grew to a game-high 14 points when Randolph drained a layup with 1:23 left in the half to make the score 40-26.
The Rams held on to the lead until the Golden Bears went on a 7-0 surge to tie the game at 57 on a Dan Cuevas layup with 6:42 to play. After Philadelphia regained the lead on its next possession, Kutztown rattled off nine of the next 11 points, finished off by an Ethan Ridgeway jumper with 2:12 to go, to move in front by five (66-61).
Ridgeway came off the bench to lead Kutztown in scoring with 22 points. Josh Johnson and Cuevas both added 12 points. All of Johnson's points were scored in the second half.
Philadelphia finished the game shooting 44.2 percent (23-of-52) from the floor and a perfect 14-of-14 at the line. Kutztown shot 42.6 percent (26-of-61) overall and 84.2 percent (16-of-19) from the stripe.
The Rams return to the Gallagher Center to face Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference rival the University of the Sciences on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.