PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) and sophomore guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) both scored 20 points, but the Philadelphia University men's basketball team was upended in overtime by visiting West Chester, 90-82, in a non-conference contest Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Alexis—who also had a season-high 16 rebounds—and Gibbs were two of five Rams (2-2) in double figures. Sophomore forward Derek Johnson (Conshohoken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) netted 16 points. Senior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) recorded 12 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Junior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) added 11 points.
West Chester's (2-1) Eddie Mitchell was strong in the overtime session as he scored 10 of his game-high 23 points during the extra five minutes. After Gibbs hit two free throws 33 seconds into the overtime to give Philadelphia a 79-77 lead, Mitchell scored eight points to move ahead 85-79.
The Rams got as close as three (85-82) went Schlitzer drilled a three from the top of the key with 1:17 to play.
Philadelphia scored seven straight points, capped off by a Christian trey, midway through the second half to take a game-high eight-point lead (68-60) with 6:55 left. The Rams held the lead until Cory Blake knocked down a three from the left corner to tie the contest up at 77.
The teams swapped the lead five times during an opening 20 minutes that saw both teams lead by as many as four.
Shannon Givens added 22 points for West Chester, while Eric Frans added 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Golden Rams shot 32-of-63 (50.8 percent), 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) from three. Philadelphia was 28-of-64 overall (43.8 percent), 6-of-26 (23.1 percent) from behind the arc. The Rams won the rebounding battle 41-29, 18-8 on the offensive end.
Philadelphia will now have six days to prepare for its next game, a non-conference match-up at Molloy on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.