BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Freshman forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) poured in a career-high 35 points in the Philadelphia University men's basketball team's 81-80 overtime loss to host Concordia (N.Y.) in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Saturday afternoon.
Concordia (12-14, 8-8 CACC) got 22 points a piece from Norman Pope and Lavor Morris. Argelix Gil added 16 points and 12 rebounds.
A Schlitzer three-pointer 1:50 into the game gave the Rams a 5-2 lead. Just under three minutes later, Philadelphia regained its three-point cushion (9-6) on a Gibbs' basket with 15:23 left in the first half.
The Clippers took control of the half with a 17-6 run, including eight points from Pope, to grab a 23-15 advantage. Lavor Morris extended the gap to nine (31-22) with a three-pointer at the 5:40 mark.
An Alexis lay-up started a 7-0 spurt that closed the margin to 31-29 with 2:50 left in the half. Philadelphia trailed 38-34 at the half.
In the second half, the Rams attempted numerous rallies to overcome the deficit, which reached seven multiple times. Freshman forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) drained a three-pointer with 51 seconds on the clock to bring Philadelphia all the way back and tie the game at 67. After two Brandon Whitaker free throws to put Concordia in the lead, Alexis connected on a lay-up with 20 seconds left to knot the score at 69 and send the game to overtime.
Pope knocked down a triple with 2:47 remaining to give the Clippers a 77-74 lead. Alexis countered the basket with four straight free throws and put the Rams ahead 78-77.
After two Gibbs free throws gave Philadelphia an 80-79 advantage, Kyle Kube would score the game-winning basket on a put-back with 23 seconds left.
The Rams shot 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the field, while the Clippers hit 44.4 percent (28-of-63) of their shots. Concordia outrebounded Philadelphia, 34-29.
Philadelphia heads to Goldey-Beacom for a CACC southern division clash Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m.