Concordia Loses Tough One on the Road to Philadelphia U., 85-70
Philadelphia, PA – The Concordia College Clippers men's basketball team visited Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) foe Philadelphia University this afternoon. After trailing by only eight points at the half, the Clippers were unable to get any closer in the second half as the Rams won for the 14th time this season, 85-70.
Concordia fell behind in the opening moments as Philadelphia began the game on an 11-2 run. The Clippers battled their way back to get within three points of tying the game at the 10:48 mark after a layup by Kyle Kube (West Babylon, NY). The Rams would pad their lead during the next few possessions as a strong inside presence in the paint opened up a double digit lead for the home team. Concordia ended the half on a 6-2 run and went into the locker room down 44-36.
In the second half, the Clippers stepped up their defensive tenacity and slowly chipped into the Rams' 10 point lead. With 13:17 remaining, Concordia was within five points after a three-point play by Lavor Morris (Bronx, NY). This would be as close as the Clippers would get as Philadelphia converted on high percentage shots to gain the momentum in the Gallagher Center.
The Rams held an 18 point lead, their largest of the game, with 3:21 remaining in the game as Concordia was running out of time. Some last second efforts to cut the deficit down to single digits were responded by the hot shooting of Philadelphia as the Rams finished with a 15 point victory.
Morris led the Clippers with a team-high 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field which included five three-point baskets. Brandon Whitaker (Harlem, NY) was the only other player finishing in double figures as he added 15 points off the bench. As a team, Concordia shot 34.2% (25-of-73) from the field as they only recorded 10 assists.
The Clippers (10-11, 7-6 CACC) will next travel to Wilmington (DE) on Monday evening. Concordia will take on the Wildcats in Pratt Gymnasium at 7pm following the women's game in New Castle, DE.