PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team will play in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament semifinals for the sixth straight season after dispatching of Post University 72-63 in a quarterfinal round game Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia extends its season-best winning streak to seven games and improves its overall record to 21-8. The Rams will face Dominican (N.Y.) College in the semifinal round on Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at Caldwell University.
The Rams used a balanced attack in Saturday's victory with four players in double figures, led by Kaison Randolph's (Trenton, N.J./Pennington) game-high 20 points. Kylan Guerra (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepanic) added 15 points—11 coming after halftime—while Josh Bradanese (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) recorded 14 points.
Malcolm Gilbert (Smyrna, Del./Academy of the New Church) recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-best 12 rebounds.
The Rams were facing a 37-25 deficit with 3:16 left in the opening half after the Eagles (11-16) rattled off 10 straight points in a three-minute span. Philadelphia got hot over the duration of the half, making four of their final five shots—capped off by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer off the hands of Randolph—to trim the gap to 39-36 at the break. The Ram defense forced the Eagles into 1-of-3 shooting and two turnovers on Post's final five possessions.
Philadelphia used an 8-2 run, finished off by a Bradanese layup at the 14:58 mark, to completely erase the Post advantage and move in front 49-44. Randolph had four points at the start of the surge.
After Post managed to pull within 49-48, Philadelphia slowly pulled away from the visitors and got the lead up to a game-high 10 points on a Guerra layup at the 5:42 mark. The Eagles got as close as five the rest of the way.
Naasir Williams shot 3-for-5 from 3-point range to lead the Eagles with 16 points. Tyler Desrosiers had 15 points, while Malcolm Amos scored 11 points.
Philadelphia shot 39.7 percent (23-of-58) for the game, while Post connected at a 39.3 percent (22-of-56) clip. After allowing the Eagles to shot 51.7 percent (15-of-29) in the first half, the Rams stepped up their defense and held Post to 25.9 percent (7-of-27) over the final 20 minutes.