LAKEWOOD, N.J. – All five starters for the Philadelphia University men's basketball team scored in double figures as the Rams picked up a wire-to-wire 84-63 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Georgian Court University Thursday night in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia—a winner of four in a row and eight of the last nine—improves to 18-8 overall and 14-3 against the CACC. The Rams are now one game clear of Goldey-Beacom and Wilmington for first place in the CACC southern division with two games to play.
Josh Bradanese (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorials) played a major role in helping Philadelphia get out to a 49-28 halftime lead, scoring 20 of his game- and career-high 24 points in the opening half. Bradanese shot 9-of-17 overall, 7-of-9 in the first half, and 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
Malcolm Gilbert (Smyrna, Del./Academy of the New Church) narrowly missed out on a triple-double as he filled up the stat sheet with 14 points, nine rebounds, and nine blocked shots. Gilbert—the most recent CACC defensive player of the week—has swatted nine shots in two of the last three games.
Kylan Guerra (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with seven assists. Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) contributed 19 points and eight rebounds, while Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) had 16 points.
Leading by three early on, Philadelphia began to open up its advantage by scoring 11 straight points in a 1:22 span to take a 25-12 lead on a Bradanese layup at the 12:03 mark of the first half. The Rams increased the gap to 23 points with 41 seconds left in the half thanks to their second 11-0 run of the contest. Bradanese just the charge with five points.
Philadelphia shot 60.0 percent (18-of-30) from the floor and 50.0 percent (4-of-8) from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes, while Georgian Court was held to 29.7 percent (11-of-37) shooting.
In the second half, Philadelphia's lead grew to a game-high 30 points when Gibbs made the score 72-42 with an old-fashioned three-point play at the 11:41 mark. The gap stayed above 20 the rest of the way.
Hamilton Capellan was the Lions' leading scorer with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Luka Zgonjanin added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Caleb Bowser had 11 points and six boards in a reserve role.
Philadelphia finished the night shooting 46.0 percent (29-of-63) from the field and 80.0 percent (20-of-25) at the free throw line. The Rams made all 11 free throw attempts in the second half. Georgian Court (1-25, 1-17 CACC) ended up hitting 33.3 percent (24-of-72) of its attempts.
Philadelphia heads to Holy Family for a CACC showdown on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.