Schlitzer’s double-double not enough as Philadelphia falls to Kutztown, 84-78

PhilaU Men's Basketball
PhilaU Men's Basketball

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Guard Nick Schlitzer recorded a double-double in his collegiate debut, but it was Kutztown University pulling off an 84-78 win over Philadelphia University Saturday night at Keystone Arena in the season opener for both schools.

Schlitzer shot extremely well, 10-of-15 from the field and 7-of-8 from three-point range, to finish with a game-high 28 points. He also led everyone with 11 rebounds.

Center Temi Adebayo added 22 points by shooting 10-of-12. Adebayo, Division II's top shot blocker last season, blocked five shots. Guard Nick Christian added 11 points and six assists.

Kutztown (1-0) had four players in double figures led by Nate Edwards' 23 points. Micah Fraction had a double-double consisting of 18 points and 10 assists. Devon McBride netted 19 points, while Mike John had 14.

The Rams (0-1) were the better shooting team from the floor overall, 57.9 percent (33-of-57) to 42.9 percent (24-of-56), but the Golden Bears did more damage from beyond the arc, 52.4 percent (11-of-21) to 44.4 percent (8-of-18). Philadelphia outrebounded Kutztown, 33-28.

The Rams held a 12-point lead (65-53) with 10:29 minutes left to play. Kutztown went on an 18-5 run, capped by a McBride three-pointer, in a span of four minutes to cut the margin to 71-70.

The Golden Bears took a 74-73 advantage with 5:14 left on a John basket. After Schlitzer drilled his seventh three-pointer with 2:13 to go to cut the Rams' deficit to 77-76, the Golden Bears put the game away, hitting seven of their final eight free throw attempts.

Philadelphia trailed early on 14-4. The Rams recovered midway through the first half by going on a 13-0 run to take a nine-point lead at 32-23 with 5:09 left in the half. At the half, Philadelphia led 40-33.

Philadelphia hosts West Chester University for its home opener Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.