PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team closed out Tuesday night's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) matchup against Post University by outscoring the visiting Eagles 18-8 to pick up a 64-54 victory in the Gallagher Center.
For the second straight contest, Kylan Guerra (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) was Philadelphia's leading scorer as he poured in a game-high 20 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and 10-of-12 at the free throw line. It was Guerra's third 20+-performance of the season.
Jordan DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) shot 7-of-15 overall, including four made 3-pointers, to rack up 18 points. Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) provided a spark off-the-bench as he added 12 points and five rebounds.
Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) racked up a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with eight points, three blocked shots, and two steals.
With the score tied at 46, DeCicco drilled the final of his four 3-pointers at the 8:48 mark to start a 10-2 run that put the Rams—who never trailed in the game—up by eight points (56-48). Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) finished off the surge with a 3-pointer—his only basket of the night—which came with 6:01 to play.
Philadelphia (10-6, 6-2 CACC) would allow Post (7-9, 6-3 CACC) to only get as close as six the rest of the way.
The Rams shot 41.4 percent in the opening half, while holding the Eagles to 29.6 percent, as they led 34-21 at the break. Guerra recorded 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting and DeCicco shot 4-of-7, including three 3's, to add 11 points. Guerra capped off a 9-2 outburst with a layup at the 4:58 mark of the first half to give Philadelphia its largest lead of the night, 32-17.
Post fought back, going on a 25-10 run during a 10-minute stretch of the second half to knot the score at 46.
Malcolm Amos was Post's leading scorer with 14 points, while Matt Mareno scored 12 points in a reserve role.
Both teams finished the game shooting 38.5 percent (20-of-52). Philadelphia had the advantage at the free throw line as the Rams were 16-of-22 and the Eagles were 9-of-12.
Philadelphia will host Holy Family in a CACC southern division contest on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.