NEWARK, Del -- Jordan DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) recorded his second career double-double for the Philadelphia University men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon, but the Rams suffered their third straight road loss as they fell to Wilmington (Del.) 70-64 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest.
DeCicco, one of four Rams (5-3, 2-1 CACC) to score in double figures, posted 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in 40 minutes of action. All 16 of DeCicco's rebounds came on the defensive end of the floor. His first career double-double came against Goldey-Beacom (13 points, 13 rebounds) on Nov. 16.
For the fifth time this season, Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) was Philadelphia's leading scorer, pouring in 15 points to go along with eight rebounds. Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) added 13 points, while Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) had 10 points.
The Rams held the advantage for a majority of the first half, leading by as many as six (13-7) on a Randolph layup at the 11:28 mark. Wilmington would go on a late 9-4 run to take its first lead of the afternoon, 22-21, on a Brian Adkins fastbreak layup. The Wildcats led 29-23 at the half after Tyaire Ponzo-Meek hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left before the break.
In the second half, Philadelphia faced a game-high 14-point deficit (50-36) with 12:28 left after a 9-2 Wilmington run. The Rams fought back by scoring 16 of the next 21 points, capped off by a pair of Randolph 3-pointers, to trim the gap to 55-52.
After Wilmington regained a 64-54 advantage, Philadelphia made one final charge, a 10-1 run, to get within one (65-64) after DeCicco drained a 3-pointer with 2:12 left. However, the Rams wouldn't be able to get any closer as they missed their final four shots of the game.
Nick Richards and Ponzo-Meek both scored a game-high 17 points for Wilmington (5-3, 1-0 CACC). Tajee Almon and Adkins each added 11 points.
Philadelphia returns to the Gallagher Center—where it is 4-0 this season—to host Georgian Court in a CACC game on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.