PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team had four players score in double-figures, led by sophomore guard Nick Schlitzer's (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) 18 points, in the Rams' 68-60 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over visiting Wilmington (Del.) Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.
With the win Philadelphia (14-7, 9-3 CACC) secured a spot in the CACC Championship Tournament that gets underway on March 2.
The Rams faced a 28-25 deficit when the Wildcats' Brandon Fox connected on a jumper 10 seconds into the second half. On Philadelphia's next trip down floor, freshman forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) made a basket and triggered a 10-3 surge to give Philadelphia a 37-31 lead.
Wilmington (4-18, 4-10 CACC) closed within 37-35 at the 15:19 mark after Fox hit two free throws and Shai Henry hit a put-back lay-up in the paint. Philadelphia's response was a 15-4 run, which included six of Alexis' game-total 11 points, to pull ahead 54-41 with 8:38 to go.
Philadelphia's lead was never threaten the rest of the way as Wilmington only got as close as seven (65-58) on an Isiah Mason three-pointer with 24 seconds on the clock.
In the first half, Philadelphia overcame an 18-12 deficit to take a 25-24 lead on a basket by senior guard Jim Connolly (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) with 1:39 left. Henry's basket with 1:07 remaining ended the first-half scoring and gave Wilmington a 26-25 halftime lead.
Freshman guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) shot 7-of-11 for the game to net 16 points, and Connolly finished with 11. Despite being in foul trouble for most of the game, junior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) contributed seven points and eight rebounds, which tied Alexis for the team lead.
Herbert Dennis paced the Wildcats with 16 points. Fox had 13 points, while Mason poured in 10. Henry grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Philadelphia shot 48.0 percent (24-of-50) from the field and 40.0 percent (8-of-20) from three. The Wildcats connected on 39.3 percent (24-of-61) of their shots, including 20.0 percent (3-of-15) of their three-pointers. Wilmington barely outrebounded Philadelphia, 36-35.
Philadelphia returns to the Gallagher Center with a rescheduled CACC contest against Dominican (N.Y.) on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.