Men's basketball opens season with 68-61 win over CACC foe University of the Sciences
PHILADELPHIA – Four players recorded double-figure scoring as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team started its 2012-13 season with a 68-61 win over the University of the Sciences in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.
Sophomore guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) and freshman guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna both turned in strong second-half performances to help the Rams (1-0, 1-0 CACC) get the win. Schlitzer scored 11 of his team-high 16 points in the final 20 minutes. Gibbs scored all 15 of his points in the second half.
Junior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) scored 10 points in the first half on his way to a 15-point night. Senior guard Jim Connolly (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) drained three three-pointers to help him score 11 points.
The University of the Sciences (0-2, 0-1 CACC) got 22 points and 13 rebounds from Garret Kerr. Henry Messinger added 12.
After falling behind 4-0 in the first minute, the Rams responded with six consecutive points, including back-to-back jumpers from freshman forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer)—who finished with eight points and 11 rebounds, to take a 6-4 lead. Philadelphia wouldn't trail for the rest of the half, and extended its lead to eight (27-19) with 2:39 left in the half on a pair of Christian free throws. The Rams halftime advantage was 28-24.
Philadelphia held the lead until the 12:34 mark of the second half when Messinger scored four straight points to put the Devils up 38-36. The Rams came right back with six straight points, four from Schlitzer, to reclaim a four-point edge at 42-38.
The Rams needed a brief 5-0 spurt to take break a 46-all tie and take control for good. The margin grew to a game-high nine points when Gibbs connected on two free throws to make the score 68-59 with 17 seconds left.
Philadelphia shot 41.8 percent (23-of-55) from the field, including 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from three. University of the Sciences hit 46.8 percent (22-of-47) of its attempts, including six of its nine three pointers. The Rams outrebounded the Devils, 31-29.
Philadelphia welcomes Molloy to the Gallagher Center for a non-conference tilt on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.