PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team outscored visiting Chestnut Hill College 17-6 over the final 3:05 to snap a 58-all tie and pull away for a 75-64 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over the Griffins Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia (13-7, 9-2 CACC) led by as many as 13 points on three separate occasions during the second half. After the Rams took their final 13-point advantage at the 10:50 mark when Kylan Guerra (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) drained a fast-break bucket to make the score 52-39, the Griffins would hit six of their next nine shots from the field during a 19-6 surge that would knot the score at 58 with 4:16 remaining.
Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) capped off a 9-point evening with a driving layup 1:11 after the Griffins evened the game to break the deadlock and start the game-ending run. The layup was just one of two baskets the Rams attempted over the final 3:05—the other was a successful 3-pointer by Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) with 1:19 to play.
The Rams did the rest of their damage at the free throw line, going a perfect 12-for-12 down the stretch. Guerra, who had 17 points in the victory, led the way by hitting six free throws. Prince Hickson (Amityville, N.Y./Upper Room Christian), Jordan DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston), and Gibbs all added a 2-for-2 trip to the stripe.
Philadelphia's defense also played a big part in the final surge as it held Chestnut Hill to just 1-of-7 shooting.
In the opening half, Philadelphia—who never trailed in the contest—needed just 4:55 to take its first double-digit lead of the night when Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep)—who had his first double-double of the year with 21 points and 12 rebounds—capped off a 12-2 with a made 9-footer. A Kilpatrick 3-pointer at the 8:53 mark gave Philadelphia a game-high 17-point cushion (27-10).
Gibbs also scored in double figures for the Rams with 18 points.
The Rams ended the game shooting 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the floor and 87.0 percent (20-of-23) at the free throw line. The 20 made free throws are a season high. Chestnut Hill shot 35.9 percent (23-of-64) overall and 70.0 percent (14-of-20) from the line.
Chris Evans paced Chestnut Hill (4-15, 1-11 CACC) with 21 points, while Demetrius Isaac added 17.
Philadelphia returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 28 with a CACC showdown against Dominican (N.Y.) in the Gallagher Center at 4 p.m.