PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team fell to Goldey-Beacom College, 71-66, in a battle for first place in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) southern division Wednesday night in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia is now 14-8 overall, 10-3 against the CACC, and in a deadlock for second place in the division with Wilmington University. Goldey-Beacom, a winner of 11 in a row, improves to 18-3 overall and is 1.5 games clear of Philadelphia and Wilmington with a 12-2 conference record.
Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) recorded his third double-double of the season as he put up 18 points and 11 rebounds, both team highs. Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) racked up 16 points, while Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) added 10 points and four assists.
Trailing 51-42 with 10:33 left in the contest, Philadelphia made a strong push to get back in the contest, scoring 13 of the next 17 points to knot the game at 55 on a Kylan Guerra (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) jumper at the 5:17 mark.
Just under a minute later, a fight for a rebound after Guerra missed a layup led to an altercation between the Rams' Prince Hickson (Amityville, N.Y./Upper Room Christian) and the Lightning's Shakeem Wilson—who scored a game-high 23 points. Both players were given flagrant two fouls and ejected along with two other Rams for leaving the bench.
After order was restored, Goldey-Beacom's Riyan Williams drained two free throws to put the visitors back up 57-55. Randolph came back down the floor and knocked down a 16-footer to even the score for the final time (57-57) with 4:13 left.
The Lightning hit their next three shots as part of a 10-4 run that would give Goldey-Beacom a 67-61 with just over 30 seconds to play. After Guerra connected from behind the 3-point line to pull the Rams within 67-64, Josh Bradanese (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) came up with a steal to give the Rams a chance for the tie. On the ensuing possession, Kilpatrick threw the ball out of bounds along the baseline to give the ball back to the Lightning.
In the opening half, Philadelphia went on a 12-0 surge over 3:38 to make a 29-18 deficit disappear and take a 30-29 lead on a Gibbs layup with 2:09 on the clock. A Jordan DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) 3-pointer allowed the Rams to take a 33-31 lead, but Wilson beat the buzzer with a triple of his own to give the Lightning a 34-33 halftime lead.
Sameen Swift came off the bench to score 14 points for Goldey-Beacom, while Dante Thompson had 12 points.
Philadelphia shot 41.7 percent (25-of-60) for the game, 32.1 percent (9-of-28) from behind the 3-point line. Goldey-Beacom connected on 53.2 percent (25-of-47) of its shots, including 53.8 percent (7-of-13) of its 3-pointers.
Philadelphia heads to New York for a CACC contest against Concordia (N.Y.) on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m.