PHILADELPHIA – Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) and Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) each scored 21 points as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team picked up a 77-47 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over visiting Caldwell Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia, now a winner in its last five outings, improves to 14-5 overall and 8-2 against the CACC. The Rams move their home record to 8-0.
The victory marks the 999th in the 48-year career of Hall of Fame head coach Herb Magee. Magee will get his first chance to join the 1,000-win club on Tuesday, Feb. 3 against Wilmington at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia used two baskets in the final 48 seconds of the first half to go into the locker room with a 29-25 lead.
Guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) grabbed a rebound off of a Johnson miss and hit his put back attempt on the right block to put the Rams up 27-25. Forward TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) stole the ball away from Caldwell's Dawan Lighty to give the Rams the final possession of the half. Schlitzer converted the steal into a successful 17-foot jumper from the top of the key with five seconds left to get Philadelphia a four-point halftime lead.
The Rams' positive momentum carried over to the second half as the team scored 20 of the first 28 points in a 6:03 span to push the gap to 49-33. Philadelphia made of eight of its nine shot attempts during the run, which was ended with four straight 3-pointers—two from Johnson and two from Schlitzer. Schlitzer was the leader of the surge with 10 points.
Philadelphia wasn't threatened the rest of the way, and pushed the lead up to a game-high 30 points (77-47) on a Mike Louden (Glen Mills, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) jumper with 18 seconds on the clock.
Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) notched his 11th double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 points. Huggins finished with 10 points.
The Cougars (10-10, 6-6 CACC) were led by Kevin Walker's 12 points and Michael Balkovic's 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Philadelphia shot 57.4 percent (31-of-54) from the field, while Caldwell hit 29.7 percent (19-of-64) of its attempts.