PHILADELPHIA'S HERB MAGEE NOTCHES 900TH WIN WITH VICTORY AGAINST BLOOMFIELD
Courtesy of Sarah Punderson, Philadelphia SID
PHILADELPHIA, PA - It isn't every day a coach reaches 900 NCAA wins, in fact there are only three. It wasn't your average day at the office as Philadelphia University Men's Basketball Head Coach Herb Magee joined the greats when his Rams won a tough 81-77 decision over Bloomfield College (16-5, 10-2 CACC) at the Gallagher Athletic Center on Herb Magee Court to reach 900 career wins in his 43rd year at PhilaU. Bloomfield entered the week ranked No. 7 in the East Region. Magee's career coaching record is now 900-352 and he is on track to break the legendary Bobby Knight's record of 902 wins this season.
To Magee, the game was just another tough contest in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), but the maroon and gray fans knew differently, packing the Gallagher Athletic Center to root their beloved Rams on to victory.
PhilaU (20-6, 12-1) senior forward Malcolm Ingram (Philadelphia, PA/Solebury Prep) led the Rams with 22 points, nine boards and five assists. BC's Gage Daye led all scorers with 29 points and eight rebounds.
BC (17-6, 11-3) jumped out to a 12-5 lead early in the first half, but Ingram and senior guard Russell Frederick (Baltimore, MD/ Calvert Hall) each added eight points in the stanza to tie it, 39-39, at the break. Frederick had 16 points and six assists on the night.
Poor PhilaU free-throw shooting (68%) plagued the Rams throughout the night, but 50% field goal shooting kept the squad on top.
The Rams led by nine (68-77) with just 38 seconds remaining in the second half, but two treys from BC in the final nine seconds made it a heart-stopper. PhilaU held on for the 81-77 win.
The maroon and gray return to competition on Tuesday (2/16) at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia for an 8 pm CACC contest.