Golden Bears avenge 2015 loss to Magee’s Rams
By Jenny Mosley
The KU men’s basketball team avenged last year’s loss to Philadelphia University with a 70-67 comeback victory on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
The Golden Bears entered the game ranked No. 8 in the country according to the NABC with an undefeated record of 4-0.
Philadelphia came out strong in the first half of play. The Rams outshot the Golden Bears beyond the arc, going 6-8 compared to KU’s 1-8.
KU struggled to keep up with the pace of the Rams throughout the first, the latter pushing the tempo to score quick buckets in transitional play.
KU would find itself down by 12 entering the locker room at halftime.
Coming into the second half, the Golden Bears played with aggression, cutting the lead to two points, 50-52, with a little under 11 minutes remaining.
It took the Golden Bears another four minutes before the game was tied at 57.
A few plays later, KU took a 61-59 lead. A lead they held onto in the last five minutes to extend their unbeaten streak to 5-0.
The maroon and gold were led by junior Ethan Ridgeway, who scored a career best of 22 points and dished out a game-high of nine assists.
Ridgeway’s aggression in the paint caused the Rams to foul, where he hit eight of his nine free-throw attempts.
Dan Cuevas and Josh Johnson recorded 12 points, with Ryan Connolly throwing down 10.
The Golden Bears dominated Philadelphia down low, outscoring the Rams in the paint 40-22. KU also led in bench points (28-4) and points off turnovers (15-7.)
The comeback victory was the first time since 2009 that the Golden Bears erased a double-digit halftime deficit en-route to a victory.