March 14, 2009

Courtesy of Philadelphia University Athletics

Brookville, NY - The Philadelphia University Rams (25-6, 14-2) saw their March madness come to an end with a 73-51 loss at the #2 nationally-ranked C.W. Post Pioneers (28-0, 18-0 ECC) in the first round of the NCAA East regional, at C.W. Post University on Saturday night. The loss halted PhilaU's nine-game win streak that spanned back to February 10th. Junior guard Russell Frederick (Baltimore, MD/ Calvert Hall) led PhilaU with 14 points and three assists, while CWP's Jonathan Schmidt had a game-high 25 points.

The Pioneers started off the match-up on an 11-0 run in the first six minutes, until Philadelphia junior forward Malcolm Ingram (Philadelphia, PA/ Solebury Prep) scored four of the Ram's six unanswered points to make it 11-6 at 12:02. Ingram grabbed 10 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

PhilaU senior guard Mike Dunn (Harrisburg, PA/ Central Dauphin) nailed a trey at 4:24 to make it 20-11, the first good three-ball of the game. Junior forward Mike Yocum (Dresher, PA/ Episcopal Academy) knocked down two at the charity stripe to cut the Pioneer lead to 20-13. Dunn had 11 points (3-7 from beyond the arc) and Yocum finished with 10 points, four boards and two blocks on the night.

The Rams went into the half trailing 26-13. PhilaU shot just 22% from the floor in the half, and 35% in the game.

The second half opened with Frederick dropping in his first points of the night with a trey at the 19:00 mark, but the Pioneers rallied 7-0 run to pull ahead 37-16. Frederick finished with 14 points and two boards.

The Rams cut the deficit to 14 on a Yocum jumper and Frederick elevated to nail a trey in Schmidt's face at 8:19 to make it 50-38, but that would be as close as PhilaU got.

CWP closed out the contest on a 23-13 run to seal the 73-51 NCAA first round win and live another day. A bright spot for the Ram's was senior guard Carroll Mitchell (Baltimore, MD/ Towson Catholic), who finished out his four years with a career-high six points in eight minutes.