PHILADELPHIA – Junior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) scored 20 of his season-high 24 points in the second half to help the Philadelphia University men's basketball team defeat visiting Goldey-Beacom, 85-77, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest in front of a sold out crowd at the Gallagher Center Saturday afternoon.
Philadelphia improves to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the CACC. The Rams are on their first three-game winning streak of the season and won five of their last six contests. Goldey-Beacom drops to 4-4 overall, 2-2 in the CACC.
Sophomore forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) picked up his team-leading sixth double-double of the season with an 18-point, 11-rebound performance in the win. Eleven of Alexis' points came after halftime.
Senior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) and sophomore guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) both poured in 15 points. Christian added eight rebounds, while Gibbs dished out a season-high seven assists.
Sophomore forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) scored 12 points.
The Rams trailed 51-50 with 13:44 left when the Lightning's Donte McGill converted an old-fashioned 3-point play. Twenty seconds later, Gibbs connected from 3-point range to put Philadelphia back in front, 53-51. Schlitzer extended the cushion to five when he hit from behind the arc at the 12:51 mark.
Goldey-Beacom made it a one-point affair multiple times, but Philadelphia did not relinquish the lead the rest of the way.
Schlitzer allowed the Rams to take a six-point advantage as he drained a three with 3:56 left to make the score 77-71. The lead reached nine points (84-75) after Alexis hit two free throws with 18 seconds to play.
Philadelphia never trailed during the opening 20 minutes and led by as many as seven points twice. The Rams were ahead 34-33 at the break.
McGill came off-the-bench to lead the Lightning with 21 points. Chris Gebhart scored 14 points, while Will Williams contributed 13 points.
The Lightning shot 55.2 percent (32-of-58) from the field—60.0 percent in the second half (18-of-30)—and the Rams hit 45.9 percent (28-of-61) of their shots. Philadelphia was red hot from 3-point land, shooting a season-best 58.8 percent (10-of-17). Goldey-Beacom was just a 31.2 percent (5-of-16) shooting team from behind the arc.
The Rams won the rebounding battle 37-27, including in 19-9 advantage on the offensive glass.
Philadelphia will have a quick turnaround for its next game which comes on Sunday, Dec. 15 at Division I Boston College at noon. The game—which is an exhibition contest for the Rams—will air on ESPN3.