Rams pull away to defeat West Chester, 71-59

Nick Christian
Nick Christian

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Five Rams recorded double-figure point totals as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team knocked off visiting West Chester University, 71-59, in a non-conference contest Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.

Guard Nick Schlitzer poured in a game-high 23 points to lead the Rams (1-1). He connected on four three-point attempts and went 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Guard Nick Christian recorded 16 points and seven rebounds. Forward Corey Francisco added 12 points, while guard Stephen Griffin had 10 points, a team-high eight rebounds and five assists. Center Temi Adebayo had a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 blocked shots.

Guard Jon Breeden paced the Golden Rams (1-1) with 19 points. Forward Khalif Foster had a game-high 11 rebounds.

Philadelphia shot 42.3 percent (22-of-52) for the game, including a percentage of 46.4 percent (13-of-28) in the second half. West Chester hit on 33.3 percent (23-of-69) of its attempts. The Rams shot 80.8 percent (21-of-26) from the charity stripe, while West Chester was 8-of-10. Philadelphia outrebounded West Chester, 41-38.

With the score tied at 45, Schlitzer knocked down two free throws to put Philadelphia ahead 47-45 with 12:49 left. The Rams would not relinquish the lead. Philadelphia got away late by going on a 13-5 over a 7:26 span to turn a two-point lead into a 64-54 advantage with just 1:49 to go.

The teams battled to a 32-all draw in a first-half that featured seven lead changes and seven ties. Both teams held a six-point lead in the opening 20 minutes.

Philadelphia returns to action Saturday, Nov. 19 with a visit to UMass-Lowell. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m.