ALBANY, N.Y. – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team had four players score in double figures, but ran into an offensive buzzsaw as the Rams suffered a 90-72 defeat at the hands of College of Saint Rose in the opening game of the East Coast Challenge Saturday afternoon in Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium.
Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) led the Rams (7-4) with a team-high 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
Philadelphia got off to the fast start, hitting three of its first four shots to open up a 7-2 advantage on a Long layup just 2:10 into the contest. The Rams stayed in front until the Golden Knights ran off seven straight points to go in front 20-16.
After Gibbs hit a 3-pointer to trim the gap to 23-21, Saint Rose would make its next five shots to move ahead 35-22. Philadelphia got back within 41-34 on a DeCicco three with 3:22 left in the half, but Saint Rose came right back the next seven points to wide the margin to 48-34.
Saint Rose shot 73.9 percent (17-of-23) from the floor, 6-of-9 from 3-point range, in the first half. Philadelphia also shot the ball well, connecting at a 58.3 percent (14-of-24) clip.
The Golden Knights' lead stayed in double digits throughout the second half, eventually reaching 21 points (70-49) with 11:53 left in the game.
Micai-Ryan Boyd shot 7-of-9 from the field to record a game-high 20 points for Saint Rose (10-3). The Golden Knights had six players with at least 10 points. Chris Dorgler grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
Saint Rose finished the contest shooting 58.8 percent (30-of-51), while Philadelphia hit 43.3 percent (26-of-60) of its shots. The Golden Knights were also 23-of-25 at the free throw line.
Philadelphia will look to bounce back with it takes on Assumption on day two of the East Coast Challenge on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. at the College of Saint Rose.