PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team was defeated by Assumption, 66-62, in the second day of action in the East Region Classic Sunday afternoon in the Campus Center at Holy Family University.
Sophomore forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) recorded his first double-double of the season with 22 points—on 9-of-12 shooting—and 12 rebounds, both game highs.
Alexis had 17 points and eight rebounds in a first half that saw the Rams (1-1) never play from behind.
Junior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) was also in double figures for Philadelphia with 13 points.
The Rams held the lead until Reilly Reid hit a 3-pointer with 14:06 left in the contest to put the Greyhounds (1-1) ahead 38-37. The triple sparked a 19-5 run that gave Assumption a game-high 12-point lead (54-42) with 6:35 to go. Kamali Bey scored seven of his 15 points during the charge.
Trailing 58-50, Schlitzer scored four straight points to bring Philadelphia within four with 3:24 remaining. Assumption ended the rally with four consecutive points to regain the eight-point advantage (62-54) with 16 seconds on the clock.
Terrance Bobb-Jones led Assumption with 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Rams shot 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the field, 22.7 percent (5-of-22) from three. Assumption was 41.5 percent (22-of-53) shooting team from the floor, 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from behind the arc. Philadelphia outrebounded Assumption 36-27.
Philadelphia opens Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play on Wednesday, Nov. 13 against visiting Georgian Court, a first-year program, at 8 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.