Men’s basketball rallies past Chestnut Hill for 76-68 victory

Men’s basketball rallies past Chestnut Hill for 76-68 victory

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team used a 26-10 run to erase an 11-point second-half deficit and knock off visiting Chestnut Hill 76-68 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game Wednesday night in the Gallagher Center.

The victory improves the Rams' overall record to 5-3 and its CACC record to 2-1. The victory also allowed head coach Herb Magee to once again stand alone on top of the NCAA men's basketball career wins list. Magee now has 965 career victories, one more than Duke's Mike Krzyzewski—who picked up his 964th career win on Tuesday night against Michigan.

Sophomore forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) scored 11 of his career-high 25 points during the game-altering charge. Junior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) finished the night with 20 points, nine coming in the run.

Sophomore forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) earned his fourth double-double of the season as he ended the contest with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) poured in 14 points.

Philadelphia faced a 48-37 deficit after Chestnut Hill's Christian Walck drained a 3-pointer with 14:58 left in the game. The Rams were able to trim the Griffins' advantage to two on a Johnson triple at the 10:11 mark.

After Chestnut Hill (1-7, 0-2 CACC) pushed the margin back up to six (58-52), Philadelphia rattled off 13 unanswered points to take a 65-58 lead with 4:08 to play. Johnson was responsible for tying the score at 58, and Schlitzer hit a jumper to put the Rams ahead 60-58—the team's first lead since 10-9 at the 15:06 mark of the first half.

The Rams scored six straight points in a span of 1:37, capped off by two successful Schlitzer free throws, to claim a 71-62 advantage with 1:20 on the clock and end any chance of a Griffin rally.

Seamus Radtke and Walck led the Chestnut Hill offense with 15 points each. Carson Murphy contributed 13 points. Filip Sekulic scored all 12 of his points in the opening 20 minutes.

Behind a red-hot 68.2 shooting percentage (15-of-22) in the second half, the Rams finished the game hitting 57.4 percent (27-of-47) of their attempts. Philadelphia hit half of its 16 3-point attempts.

Chestnut Hill shot 48.1 percent (26-of-54) from the field, 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from 3-point range.

The Griffins won the rebounding battle, 30-24.

Philadelphia will look for its second straight CACC win when it takes on visiting Felician in a conference contest on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.