PHILADELPHIA – Four Philadelphia University men's basketball players hit double-figure scoring as it defeated visiting Post, 77-53, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
The win improves the Rams' overall record to 8-5 and their CACC mark to 4-1. Head coach Herb Magee picked up career victory number 949. He will look to become the first NCAA men's basketball head coach to reach 950 career wins on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the University of the Sciences at 8 p.m.
Post is now 9-6 overall and 5-3 against the conference.
Freshman guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna), the reigning CACC rookie of the week, poured in a game-high 21 points—one point shy of his career-best—on 6-of-12 shooting, including three treys. Senior guard Jim Connolly (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Sophomore guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) contributed 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds in his first start in over two weeks. Junior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) connected of four of his five shot attempts, including both of his three-point shots, to wind up with 11 points.
Zach Krischer paced the Eagles with 16 points. Jerry Cummings added 12 points and five rebounds.
The Rams shot 52.1 percent (25-of-48), which included a season-high 11 three-point buckets, and held the Eagles to a 33.9 shooting percent (19-of-56). Philadelphia also owned a decisive 41-24 rebounding advantage.
After trading three-pointers to open the contest, Post took a 5-3 lead on a Gediminas Juozapavicius basket at the 18:07 mark.
Philadelphia countered with four straight baskets from four different players to mount a 9-0 surge and grab a 12-5 lead. A basket from freshman forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Reedemer) gave the Rams their first double-digit lead of the game (23-13) with 10:50 left in the half. Alexis finished with eight points, five rebounds, and three blocks.
Jerry Cummings converted a three-point play with 2:31 on the clock to bring Post within single digits (36-27) for what would be the final time. The Rams led 41-29 at the break.
Philadelphia's advantage was never challenged in the second half as it stayed in double-figures, reaching a game-high 29 points (77-48) with 1:23 to play.