Men's basketball cruises in home opener; Defeats Immaculata 77-45

Men's basketball cruises in home opener; Defeats Immaculata 77-45

PHILADELPHIA – Four Rams scored in double figures as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team led from wire-to-wire in a 77-45 triumph over Immaculata in the home opener Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.

Philadelphia evens its record at 2-2, while extending its winning streak in home openers to four. Immaculata dips to 0-3.

Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) shot 8-of-15 from the field, 5-of-9 from behind the arc to finish with a game-high 25 points and nine rebounds.  Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) knocked down three 3-pointers on his way to a 19-point afternoon.

TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) recorded his second double-double of the season with 10 points, a game-high 11 rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) added 12 points and four blocked shots.

Immaculata got nine points from Matt Simon, who was 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Roy Ferrell Jr. contributed eight points.

The Rams led by as many as 33 (71-38) when Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) drained a 3-pointer with 4:02 left.

Philadelphia shot over 50 percent for the second straight game, hitting 51.9 percent (28-of-54) of its attempts. The Rams connected on 40.9 percent (9-of-22) for their 3-pointers.

The Mighty Macs shot 28.1 percent (18-of-64) overall, 20.0 percent (5-of-25) from three.

Philadelphia controlled the paint, outrebounding Immaculata 45-26 and outscoring the Mighty Macs in the paint 32-16.

Philadelphia heads to Martz Hall to take on Kutztown in a non-conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.