PHILADELPHIA – Four Philadelphia University men's basketball players scored in double figures as the Rams held off Georgian Court 72-66 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) clash played Wednesday night in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia now sits at 12-5 overall and 6-2 in the CACC. Head coach Herb Magee earned the 997th win in his Hall of Fame career.
Georgian Court is now 3-14 overall, 0-10 against the conference.
The Rams looked to have the game under control when they went on a 13-4 run to erase a one-point deficit and take a 64-56 advantage on two Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) free throws with 6:11.
Georgian Court didn't fade away as it responded with an 8-1 surge, capped by a Jordan Wejnert basket, to pull within a point (67-66) with 1:24 remaining in the contest.
Forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) came up with the clutch play of the game when he drove into the lane with 16 seconds left, made a running 10-footer, and got fouled. Johnson—who finished with a team-high 20 points—stepped to the free throw line and completed the three-point play to push the lead back up to four.
After a missed 3-pointer by the Lions' J.D. Rodriguez, guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) drained two free throws with six seconds on the clock to seal the win.
Forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) recorded a double-double with 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Gibbs and Schlitzer each added 12 points and five rebounds.
In the opening half, Philadelphia got out to a 24-14 when Schlitzer capped a string of eight straight Ram points with a 3-pointer at the 10:27 mark. Jordan Wejnert took things over for the Lions, scoring seven of their next 11 points, to close the Ram advantage to 30-28.
Juwuan Carter sent Georgian Court to the locker room up 38-37 as he hit a half-court shot just before time expired.
Carter finished with a game-high 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while Wejnert had a 22-point performance.
Philadelphia tied a season-high with 28 made free throws on 33 attempts. The Rams shot 46.3 percent (19-of-41) from the field, while the Lions made 44.3 percent (27-of-61) of their shots.
The Rams head north to face Bloomfield in a CACC contest on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m.