By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – For the 27th time in his Hall of Fame coaching career, Herb Magee is leading the Philadelphia University Rams to the NCAA Tournament.
The champions of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, the 25-6 Rams will take on Franklin Pierce in the first round of the Division II tourney on Saturday night in New Haven, Connecticut.
Magee’s 985th career victory as Rams head coach was a hard-fought 42-41 win over Holy Family in the CACC title game. This came after the Rams slipped past the University of the Sciences in the semi-finals, 59-56, when sophomore Derek Johnson hit a three-pointer with under a second to play.
“That’s going to help us down the road, too,” Magee tells KYW Newsradio. “Because both of those games were right down to the last second. We won them both by making clutch plays, good defensive plays throughout the games and it was a great, great victory for us because winning our conference was really one of our goals.”