Schlitzer lifts men’s basketball to 81-78 win over College of Saint Rose

Schlitzer lifts men’s basketball to 81-78 win over College of Saint Rose

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Junior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) scored a season-high 27 points, including the game-winning three-point play with two seconds left, in Philadelphia University's 81-78 win over the College of Saint Rose on the second day of the Adelphi Holiday Tournament Sunday afternoon.

Philadelphia ends the 2013 portion of its schedule with an overall record of 8-4. Saint Rose is now 7-5. The Rams have swept the season series with the Golden Knights, 2-0, by a combined seven points.

The Rams faced a 63-51 deficit with 11:14 to play after a Kareem Thomas basket. Philadelphia quickly erased the Saint Rose advantage by scoring 13 straight points over a five-minute stretch to move ahead by one (64-63). Sophomore forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) netted seven of his 22 points during the surge. Defensively, the Rams forced the Golden Knights to shoot 0-of-6 and commit one turnover.

The teams would swap the lead six more times in closing minutes. Schlitzer provided the final lead change with a jumper at the 1:42 mark to put Philadelphia ahead 74-73.

Sophomore guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) went 1-of-2 at the free throw line to give the Rams a 78-75 lead with 23 seconds to play.

On Saint Rose's next possession, Thomas drove to the basket, made a lay-up, and got fouled. Thomas made the ensuing free throw with 10 seconds left to tie the game at 78.

Dominiykas Milka paced the Golden Knights with 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Tyler Sayre added 19 points.

Both teams shot the ball well as the Golden Knights connected on 54.1 percent (33-of-61) of their attempts and the Rams were a 52.8 percent (28-of-53) shooting team.

Philadelphia outrebounded Saint Rose, 27-25.

Philadelphia opens the 2014 part of the schedule with a home game against Saint Anselm on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m.