LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Senior forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) became the fourth player in Philadelphia University men's basketball history to record 2,000 career points in the Rams' 65-43 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory at Georgian Court in the Wellness Center Thursday night.
Needing 12 points coming into the contest to reach the milestone, Alexis scored his 2,000th point on a layup with 9:59 remaining to make the score 51-31. He joins Tayron Thomas (2,414 points), Randy Stover (2,369), and Hall of Fame head coach Herb Magee (2,235) in the 2,000-point club.
Alexis and Stover are the only two players in school history with at least 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Alexis has 2,003 points and 1,100 rebounds, while Stover racked up 1,067 rebounds in addition to his 2,369 points.
With the victory, Philadelphia—ranked seventh in the first set of NCAA Division II East Region Rankings—improves to 20-6 overall, 13-4 in the CACC.
Gemil Holbrook (Darby, Pa./Roman Catholic) had a career-night, shooting 6-of-9 from 3-point range to finish with 19 points in 34 minutes off the bench.
The Rams struggled in the beginning of the contest, missing their first 12 attempts from the field and fell behind 11-3. Kilpatrick got the offense going with a 3-pointer at the 12:37 mark to spark a 9-0 run that put the Rams in front 12-11.
After the Lions went back in front 15-12, Alexis and Holbrook teamed up to go on a 14-0 surge to give the Rams a 26-12 advantage. Holbrook was 3-for-3 from 3-point range, while Alexis added five points. A 7-0 run to end the half put Philadelphia up 35-19 at the break.
Philadelphia took a game-high 23-point lead (42-19) on a Kilpatrick free throw with 17:31 left in the game.
Juwuan Carter scored a team-high 10 points to lead Georgian Court (5-20, 4-14 CACC).
With the help of a game-high 13 rebounds from Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep), Philadelphia owned a 42-36 rebounding edge. Alexis added 12 rebounds.
The Rams shot 38.6 percent (22-of-57) from the field, while holding the Lions to 30.4 percent (17-of-56) shooting.
Philadelphia returns to the Gallagher Center to take on Holy Family in a CACC contest on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m.