PHILADELPHIA – Four players scored in double figures for the Philadelphia University men's basketball team in its 72-57 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over visiting Bloomfield Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia extends its winning streak to three and improves its overall record to 14-5. The Rams are now 8-2 in CACC play, a half-game behind Holy Family for first place in the CACC southern division. Philadelphia and Holy Family will square off on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.
Bloomfield—who had its six-game winning streak snapped—is now 11-7 overall, 9-2 against the conference.
Sophomore forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) led the Rams with a game-high 19 points, nine rebounds, four blocked shots, and three assists. Senior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) contributed a season-best 18 points and four steals.
Junior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) had 15 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore forward TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) added 10 points and a season-high 10 rebounds to record his first career double-double.
The Rams, who never trailed in the contest, got off to a 21-7 lead in the first 8:22. Christian scored eight points in the run and Alexis added six points. Philadelphia's defense forced Bloomfield to shoot 3-of-11, while the Rams connected on 10 of their first 15 attempts.
Bloomfield closed the gap to a single point with 16 of the game's next 19 points to make it a 24-23 contest at the 5:19 mark. Steve Henderson knocked down a pair of threes to lead the charge for the Deacons, who shot 7-of-10 from the field to get back in the game.
With 2:21 left in the half, Schlitzer drained two free throws to allow the Rams to regain a five-point advantage (32-27). Bloomfield scored the final four points of the first half to trim the Philadelphia lead to 32-31.
Philadelphia opened the second half by hitting six of its first 11 shots, capped by a Christian triple at the 12:54 mark, to push its lead back into double-digits (47-35). Bloomfield got as close as eight points when Claude Blue went 2-for-2 at the free throw line to make the score 49-41 with 10:34 left .
Schlitzer gave the Rams their lead of the game, 70-51, with a perfect trip to the charity stripe at the 2:28 mark.
Blue led the Deacons with 16 points and six rebounds, while Kevin Udo blocked seven shots.
Philadelphia shot 47.5 percent (28-of-59) from the field and was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line. Bloomfield connected on 37.5 percent (24-of-64) of its attempts.