PHILADELPHIA – Freshman guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) and freshman forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Reedemer) combined for 32 points in the Philadelphia University men's basketball team's 62-48 victory over visiting Washington Adventist Wednesday night in the Gallagher Center.
Gibbs caught fire in the second half by shooting 5-of-9, 2-of-3 from three-point range, to score 15 of his team-high 18 points. Alexis poured in 14 points and hauled down a game-high 12 rebounds to record his fifth double-double of the season.
Senior guard Jim Connolly (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) contributed 11 points for the Rams (10-6), while sophomore guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) added 10 points. Junior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) had a season-high 12 rebounds to go with seven points.
Harvey Todd led Washington Adventist (4-13) with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
The Rams turned a slim three-point lead into a 12-point gap with an 11-2 run, capped off with a jumper from freshman guard TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) at the 11:17 mark, to open up a 47-35 advantage.
The Shock pulled within seven points (52-45) with 5:00 remaining when Harvey scored on consecutive possessions. Philadelphia put the game away by outscoring Washington Adventist 10-1 over a 4:29 stretch. Gibbs led the charge with five of the 10 points.
In the first half, the teams went back and forth, swapping the lead four times. A Christian tip-in and two made Connolly free throws pushed the Rams in front by six (21-15). The Shock chipped away and would tie the score at 27 on a three-point play by Joshua Adeyeye. An Alexis tip-in with 12 seconds left in the half gave Philadelphia a 31-29 lead at the break.
The teams had nearly identical field goal percentages: 37.1 percent (23-of-62) for Philadelphia and 37.0 percent (17-of-46) for Washington Adventist. The Rams shot 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from three-point range, while the Shock hit 25.0 percent (4-of-16) of their shots from behind the arc.
Philadelphia outrebounded Washington Adventist, 41-34, including a 17-8 offensive rebounding advantage.
The Rams now have a week off before hosting Goldey-Beacom for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference battle on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.