Men’s basketball fends off late charge to defeat Nyack 80-78

Men’s basketball fends off late charge to defeat Nyack 80-78

NYACK, N.Y. – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team took a game-high 13-point lead with 5:54 remaining in its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest at Nyack and then withstood a late surge to defeat the Warriors 80-78 Saturday afternoon in Bowman Gym.

Trailing 61-59 at the 10:37 mark of the second half, Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) took the game over as he went 5-for-5 from 3-point range to score 15 of the Rams' 20 points during a 20-5 outburst over the next 4:43 that put Philadelphia (12-6, 8-2 CACC) ahead 79-66. Randolph finished the game shooting 7-of-11 from behind the arc as part of a 27-point afternoon.

During the run, Philadelphia shot a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor as Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del.)—who scored a season-high 20 points—started the run with a jumper and Kylan Guerra (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) added a 3-pointer at the 6:24 mark. The Ram defense forced the Warriors to miss six straight shots and turn the ball over once.

After not missing a shot to build up the lead, Philadelphia missed its last eight shots of the game. As the Rams went cold, the Warriors started to heat back up, hitting four jumpers in a row and going 4-for-4 from the line, and closed the gap to 79-78 on an Imran Ritchie jumper with 49 seconds to play.

Nyack got the ball back with 19 seconds left as a missed Philadelphia jumper. On the biggest possession of the game, Ritchie missed his jumper with three seconds remaining and the rebound was grabbed by Jordan DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston).

The Warriors fouled DeCicco, sending him to the free throw line. DeCicco hit the first free throw for the last of his 13 points to extend the gap to 80-78. Nyack rebounded DeCicco's second free throw attempt, but Imran's shot for the tie at the buzzer was miss the mark.

Despite finishing the game 0-for-6, Philadelphia still shot 50.9 percent (28-of-55) overall and 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from behind the arc. Nyack shot 47.5 percent (29-of-61) from the field.

The Warriors (5-10, 2-7 CACC) had five players reach double figures, led by 18 points from Ga'Briel Chandler. Jaron Smith scored 16 points, while Robert Tyler and Imran had 13 points.

Philadelphia is back in the Gallagher Center on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to St. face Thomas Aquinas in a non-conference tilt. Opening tip is slated for 7 p.m.