PHILADELPHIA – Guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) poured in a career-high 32 points as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team knocked off Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opponent Dominican (N.Y.) 82-60 Monday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
The Rams are now 11-5 overall and 5-2 against the CACC. Head coach Herb Magee is now just four wins away from 1,000 in his career at 996.
Schlitzer had a tremendous day shooting the ball as he was 12-of-20 from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range, and 3-of-3 at the free throw line. He also dished out a team-high five assists.
Guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) caught fire in the second half, hitting five of his seven attempts, to finish with 11 points.
The game was tight for the first 13:32 as the teams were tied six times and traded the lead five times. Neither team lead by more than four points during that stretch.
Then, Philadelphia started to back the game open with seven consecutive points to break a 22-all tie and move in front 29-22 on a Jordan DiCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) fast break layup.
The Rams' first half lead grew to nine (35-26) when DiCicco buried a 3-pointer from the wing with 2:53 left in the half.
Dominican (5-11, 5-4 CACC) got two quick baskets from Robert Hueston and Nick Smith to start the second half and trim the Philadelphia advantage to 35-33.
After Magee called a timeout, the Rams came to life, going on a 23-4 run over a 7:15 span to widen the margin to 58-37 on a Gibbs 3-pointer. Philadelphia was red hot during the surge as it shot 9-for-13 from the field and 3-for-3 from the stripe. On the flip side, Dominican was 2-for-7 shooting and committed four turnovers.
During the final 11:16, the Rams lead dipped below 20 points for only 26 seconds and reached a game-high 24 points on three separate occasions.
Nick Smith led Dominican with 16 points and six rebounds, while Hueston added 12 points and six rebounds.
Philadelphia hosts Georgian Court in a CACC battle on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.