PHILADELPHIA – Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) recorded a double-double for the second straight contest and one was one of four Philadelphia University men's basketball players to score in double figures as the Rams picked up a 69-56 non-conference triumph over NYIT Sunday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Coming off of a 20-point, 11-rebound performance last time out against Molloy, Long shot 5-of-6 from the floor to pour in a team-high 14 points and also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. It was Long's fourth career double-double.
In his first start of the season, Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) played a season-high 33 minutes and delivered 11 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Jordan DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) contributed 13 points and five rebounds, while Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) added 10 points.
Philadelphia (4-1) fell behind 9-8 when NYIT's Kiernan Hamilton converted a Ram turnover into two points with a fast-break layup at the 13:56 mark of the first half. It would be the only time Philadelphia trailed during the contest as the Rams bounced back with eight straight points over the next 1:36 to move ahead 16-9 on two Long free throws.
The advantage grew to 10 for the first time with 9:24 left in the half on one of Randolph's two 3-pointers. A 6-0 run, which included all five of Kylan Guerra's (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) points, later in the half gave Philadelphia a half-high 14-point lead (36-22).
In the second half, NYIT (1-3) chipped away at the Philadelphia lead and eventually got within one (55-54) of the first of two Hamilton free throws with 4:37 left in the contest. Hamilton missed the second free throw and DeCicco came back down the floor to make an 8-footer that started a 10-1 run over the next 3:08 to put the Rams up 65-55.
The Rams reclaimed a 13-point lead (69-59) on a Randolph free throw with 13 seconds left.
Jeffrey Hayden had a game-high 18 points for NYIT, while Jon Feiler added nine points and 10 rebounds.
Philadelphia shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57) for the game and held NYIT to 30.6 percent (19-of-62). It was the lowest shooting percentage for a Philadelphia opponent this season.
Philadelphia heads to Kutztown for a non-conference showdown with the Golden Bears on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.