'Cats Falter Late, Fall to Philadelphia 76-66
Philadelphia 76, Wilmington 66
Saturday, December 3, 2011 - New Castle, DE
The Philadelphia University men's basketball team outscored visiting Wilmington (Del.) University 22-4 over the final 7:09 to come from behind and pick up a 76-66 win in its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opener Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia (3-3, 1-0 CACC) rattled off six straight points to cut its deficit to just one point 62-61. After Wilmington's Herbert Dennis, who had six points and eight assists, pushed the gap to 64-61 with two made free throws at the 4:35 mark, Philadelphia would score 15 of the game's final 17 points.
Center Temi Adebayo started the final spurt with six of his 17 points and put the Rams ahead 66-64. Adebayo also had nine rebounds and six blocks, all coming in the second half. Forward Nick Schlitzer sealed the win by hitting his final six free throw attempts on his way to a team-high 19 points.
Forward Corey Francisco finished with a double-double consisting of 12 points and 11 points. Guard Jim Connolly netted 13 of his 18 points in the opening half.
Wilmington (4-2, 0-1 CACC) got a game-high 23 points from senior guard Corye Payton. Junior guard James Pee scored 12 points in a reserve role. Senior Matt King added eight points and six rebounds.
The Rams knocked down 44.0 percent (22-of-50) of their shots, including 56.5 percent (13-of-23) in the second half. Philadelphia was phenomenal at the free-throw line, hitting at a 90.3 percent (28-of-31) clip. Wilmington shot 39.3 percent (22-of-56) from the field and 66.7 percent (14-of-21) at the line.
Philadelphia owned a 39-28 rebounding advantage, including a 23-10 edge in the final 20 minutes.
The Wildcats return to the friendly confines of the Pratt Center on Thursday evening, when they host the Chestnut Hill College Griffins in a CACC contest beginning at 8:00 PM.
(Courtesy of Philadelphia University Sports Information)