ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Junior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) scored a team-high 20 points in the Philadelphia University men's basketball team's 82-67 loss to host Dominican (N.Y.) in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Sunday afternoon in the Hennessy Center.
Sophomore forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) contributed 19 points and a team-best six rebounds. Sophomore forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) netted 11 points.
Consecutive Alexis baskets gave the Rams (4-3, 1-1 CACC) an early 4-3 advantage. The Chargers (6-0, 4-0 CACC) with seven straight points to open up a 10-4 cushion with 17:21 left in the opening half. Philadelphia used a 10-2 run, capped by an Alexis lay-up at 14:19, to not only erase the deficit, but take a 14-12 lead.
With the help of five points each from Khaleev Ginyard and Justin Ringen, the Chargers outscored the Rams 17-4 to move ahead by 11 (29-18).
Schlitzer buried a 3-pointer 1:19 into the second half to pull Philadelphia within four points (47-43). It would be as close as the Rams would get as the Chargers went on a 9-2 run to regain a double-digit lead (56-45).
Nick Smith scored a game-high 23 points, on 10-of-14 shooting, and dished out six assists for the Chargers. A.J. Burton added 14 points.
The Chargers shot 33-of-62 (53.2 percent) from the field, while the Rams were 26-of-55 (47.3 percent). From behind the arc, Dominican connected on nine of their 19 attempts (47.4 percent) and Philadelphia was 7-of-17 (41.2 percent). Philadelphia outrebounded Dominican 33-32.
Philadelphia returns to the Gallagher Center to take on Chestnut Hill in a CACC contest on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.