NYACK, N.Y. – The Philadelphia University men's basketball team had all five of its starters score in double figures as it defeated host Nyack 68-58 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) tilt Saturday afternoon in the Bowman Center.
Senior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) led Philadelphia (18-6, 12-3 CACC) with 19 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) tied a season-high with 18 points. Junior forward TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Junior forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points and a season-high 10 rebounds. Junior forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) narrowly missed a double-double of his own with 10 points, a career-high nine blocks, and seven rebounds.
The Rams didn't take control of the game until they went on an 8-0 run midway through the second half to move in front 55-49 on an Alexis free throw. Philadelphia's defense forced Nyack (7-17, 6-11 CACC) to miss all nine shots it took during the run, which lasted five minutes, and commit two turnovers.
After the Warriors closed the gap to four, Schlitzer scored the game's next four points to give the Rams a 61-53 lead. Philadelphia recorded the final five points of the game, all on free throw attempts, over the final 1:08.
Nyack led 29-16, its largest of the game, at the 4:25 mark of the first after Will Robinson capped a 15-6 surge with a jumper. Nick Moore scored six of his 16 points during the run. The Rams managed to close the gap to 33-28 at the half with a 10-2 run, led by five points from Schlitzer.
Chris Hampton was Nyack's leading scorer with 18 points, while Robinson added 14 points.
Philadelphia returns to the Gallagher Center on Tuesday, Feb. 17 to face the University of the Sciences in a CACC clash at 8 p.m.