ALBANY, N.Y. – Kylan Guerra (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) scored a career-best 25 points as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team defeated Assumption in a non-conference shootout, 90-84, in the second day of the East Coast Challenge Sunday afternoon at the College of Saint Rose.
Guerra—who entered the contest with a career high of 13 points that came in the season opener against University of District of Columbia on Nov. 12—shot 9-of-14 from the field in 33 minutes of action. In the final 20 minutes, Guerra drained six of his eight shot attempts to pour in 17 of the Rams' 53 second-half points.
Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) added a season-high 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting, while Jordan DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) hit five 3-pointers on his way to 19 points—14 after halftime. Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) notched his third double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Philadelphia (8-4)—who never trailed during the game—used a late 8-0 second-half run to open up an 82-72 lead with 3:27 left to play. Guerra made a layup and went 3-for-3 at the free throw line to lead the charge with five points. DeCicco capped the surge with a 3-pointer, while Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.Y./Pennington Prep) got it start with two successful free throws as part of a 10-point afternoon.
After Assumption (2-9) cut the gap to 82-80 at the 1:34 mark, Philadelphia scored eight of the next 10 points to reestablish an eight-point cushion (90-82) on a Gibbs free throw with 10 seconds left.
In the first half, the Rams took their first 10-point advantage when Gibbs connected on 3-point attempt to make the score 21-11 with 8:27 gone. The Greyhounds came back to even the score at 26 with a 15-5 run.
Marcus Murray shot 6-of-15 from the field to pace Assumption with 20 points.
The Greyhounds went 33-of-60 (55.0 percent) from the floor, while the Rams shot 31-of-60 (50.8 percent). Philadelphia made 11 3-pointers.
Philadelphia closes out 2016 with a trip to American International for a non-conference on Friday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. in Springfield, Mass.