Johnson, Schlitzer power men’s basketball in 83-63 triumph at Georgian Court

Johnson, Schlitzer power men’s basketball in 83-63 triumph at Georgian Court

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) and Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) combined to 48 points on 18-of-31 shooting as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team picked up its first win of the season, 83-63 at Georgian Court in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match Thursday night in the Wellness Center.

Schlitzer tied his career-high 28 points with a 10-of-15 shooting performance, 4-of-7 from 3-point range, to lead the Rams (1-2, 1-0 CACC). Johnson poured in 20 points, shooting 8-of-16 overall, and added seven rebounds.

Forward TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) contributed 11 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, while guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) added 11 points and eight assists.

Trailing 14-13 at the 9:26 mark, the Rams came to life by outscoring the Lions (2-2, 0-1 CACC) 8-3 over a 2:50 span to take a 22-16 lead on a Huggins jumper with 6:36 left in the half. The Rams went 4-of-4 from the floor, while the Lions were 1-of-3 and turned the ball over twice.

Gibbs drained a 3-pointer 10 seconds before halftime to give Philadelphia a half-high nine-point lead (31-22).

Philadelphia wasted little time putting the game away in the second half, scoring 16 straight points in the opening 3:09 to take a 47-22 lead on two Schlitzer free throws. Schlitzer led the charge with eight points, while Johnson added six points.

With 5:45 remaining, Philadelphia's lead reached a game-high 26 points when Schlitzer hit a jumper to make the score 73-47.

J.D. Rodriguez came off the bench to score a team-high 19 points for Georgian Court. Juwuan Carter added 14 points.

Philadelphia shot a season-best 60.8 percent (31-of-51) from the field, 70.8 percent (17-of-24) in the second half. The Rams hit 11 3-pointers, eight in the final 20 minutes.

Georgian Court shot 40.4 percent (21-of-51) overall, 7-of-14 from 3-point land.

Philadelphia will hold its home opener on Saturday, Nov. 22 against Immaculata at 2 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.