Balanced attack carries men's basketball to 77-75 win at Concordia (N.Y.)

Balanced attack carries men's basketball to 77-75 win at Concordia (N.Y.)

BRONXVILLE, N.Y.  – All five Philadelphia University men's basketball players scored in double figures as the Rams picked up a 77-75 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over host Concordia (N.Y.) Saturday afternoon in the Meyer Athletic Complex.

With the victory, Philadelphia improves to 20-6 overall, 14-3 in the CACC, and remains in second place in the CACC southern division. The Rams have recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.

Philadelphia hosts the University of the Sciences, the top team in the southern division, on Monday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.

Junior guard Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) shot 7-of-12 from the field, 5-of-7 from 3-point range, to lead Philadelphia with 19 points. Senior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) added 18 points, while junior guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) contributed 16 points.

Junior forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) tallied 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the year. Junior forward TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) had 10 points.

Philadelphia faced a game-high 11-point deficit after Peter Aguilar layup with 17:37 remaining made the score 48-37. The Rams caught over the next 4:47, hitting seven of their 10 shot attempts, to outscore the Clippers (11-16, 8-10 CACC) 18-5, and take a 55-53 lead on a Gibbs basket. Alexis and Johnson led the charge with six points each.

The teams went back-and-forth swapping the lead six times during a 4:24 stretch. The final lead change of the game came when Schlitzer buried a 3-pointer to put the Rams in front 73-71. Schlitzer extended the cushion to four with a basket at the 2:35 mark.

Concordia closed the lead to 75-73 on an Aguilar layup, but Gibbs was able to seal the game with two free throws with 18 seconds left.

Philadelphia shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27), 6-of-10 from 3-point range, in the second half.

In the opening half, Philadelphia jumped out to a 12-4 lead on a Gibbs layup at the 14:47 mark. The Rams owned the lead until a Jamie Holder tip-in gave the Clippers their first lead of the game, 27-26. Concordia ended the half on an 11-2 run to take a 43-35 advantage to the locker room.

Aguilar led the Clippers with 23 points, while Tshyrad Oates had 17 points.