Men’s basketball opens exhibition season with 79-76 win at James Madison

Men’s basketball opens exhibition season with 79-76 win at James Madison

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) drained three free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining to give the Philadelphia University men's basketball team an exhibition season-opening 79-76 win over Division I James Madison University Sunday afternoon in the Convocation Center.

The Rams scored the final six points of the afternoon to defeat the Dukes for the first time in seven attempts.

Trailing 76-73 after a Paulius Satkus put-back, Jordan DiCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) drained a 3-pointer to tie the score at 76 with 49 seconds left. Philadelphia held James Madison scoreless on the Dukes next possession and then had Johnson get fouled on a 3-point attempt. After Johnson went 3-for-3 at the line, James Madison's attempt to tie the game at the buzzer fell short.

Johnson led five Philadelphia players in double figures with a game-high 21 points. He was 10-for-10 at the charity stripe. Guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) drained four 3-pointers on his way to a 19-point afternoon. Forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) totaled 14 points and nine rebounds.

Guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) contributed 12 points and six rebounds, while forward TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) poured in 10 points.

Satkus paced the Dukes with 20 points, on 8-of-9 shooting, and nine rebounds. Yohanny Dalembert and Jackson Kent had 14 points each.

Philadelphia heads to the University of Pittsburgh for its second game of the preseason on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.