The Phi Kappa Pi Rams faced off against the Phi Beta Chi Bulldogs Monday, Feb. 17, and the Rams came out on top in the final moments of the game.

The Bulldogs jumped to an early 5-0 lead, but the Rams quickly answered back and took a 13-6 advantage, thanks to five points from sophomore Micah Gold. The Rams kept their lead throughout the first half with help from junior Manny Rivero’s offense and a strong defensive presence from junior Daniel Knox.

The Bulldogs wouldn’t go away, however, as junior Tyler Collins contributed eight points and sophomore Billy Kauffman added consistent outside shooting. The Bulldogs, down by two with less than a minute to go in the half, were able to tie the score at 24-24 and hold the Rams on their final possession of the period.

Both teams traded baskets and kept the score close in the second half. The Bulldogs managed a quick seven-point lead, and the score read 33-26. But Phi Kappa proved to be persistent, improving their defensive effort and pushing the pace on offense. They soon regained a one-point lead, with both teams exchanging the lead several times.

The Rams fought to a 41-38 lead with just over a minute remaining and held that lead until only 45 seconds remained on the clock, forcing the Bulldogs to start fouling. Two free throws from Gold sealed the deal at 43-38, handing the Bulldogs their second loss of the season and a record of 4-2. The Rams remain unbeaten at 6-0.