Men’s basketball falls to James Madison in an exhibition contest, 77-69

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Four Philadelphia University men's basketball players reached double figures in a 77-69 loss to host James Madison in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon in the Convocation Center.

Guard Jim Connolly had a strong day at the free throw line by hitting 13 of his 17 attempts to lead all players with 19 points. Guard Nick Schlitzer knocked down a pair of three-pointers on his way to 15 points. Forwards Derek Johnson and Peter Alexis both shot very well from the floor to hit double digits. Johnson scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while Alexis knocked down six of his nine shots to end with 13 points. Guard Nick Christian didn't score, but was a force on the glass as he corralled 16 of the 36 Philadelphia rebounds.

Guard A.J. Davis led the Dukes with 17 points, while forward Rayshawn Goins had 16 points and eight boards.

The Rams shot 39.3 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from three, and 67.9 percent at the line. James Madison connected on 46.4 percent of its attempts, including nine three pointers.

Leading 38-35 at the half, James Madison took control of the contest with a 21-5 run to open the second half.

Philadelphia has one more exhibition game remaining before its season opener and it comes on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Penn State at 4 p.m.

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