ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – Sophomore forwards Derek Johnson (Conshocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) and Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) combined to score 44 points to help the Philadelphia University men's basketball team knock off Molloy, 71-67, in a non-conference tilt Saturday afternoon in Quealy Gym.
Johnson was a perfect 11-of-11 at the free throw line on his way to a season-high 23 points, one shy of his career high. Alexis poured in 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor. It is the fourth time this season that Alexis has gone for at least 20 points.
Johnson and Alexis both grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Sophomore guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) was also in double figures for the Rams (3-2) with 10 points.
Philadelphia made a living at the free throw line, making 30 of their 38 attempts (78.9 percent). It was the first time the Rams made at least 30 free throws since draining 31—on 41 attempts—against Caldwell on Feb. 5, 2011.
Senior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) hit one free throw and Johnson followed with a 2-for-2 trip to the line to break a 60-all tie and give Philadelphia a 63-60 lead with 67 seconds left.
The teams traded points until Gibbs extend the Rams advantage to 69-64 and seal the win with six seconds by hitting two free throws.
After a scoreless first 2:13 of the contest, Philadelphia took control with eight straight points. The Rams held the lead until the 13:32 mark of the second half when a Jaylen Morris fast break dunk put the Lions (1-4) in front 43-42.
Philadelphia trailed by five (55-50) with eight minutes left after back-to-back threes from Miles Prendergast and Matt McLeod. The Rams overcame the deficit with an 8-1 run, capped by two Christian free throws, to take a 58-56 lead with 4:52 to play.
McLeod led Molloy with 22 points. Chucks Obnuse added 13 points, and Petrucelli had 11.
Philadelphia shot 19-of-41 (46.3 percent) from the field, while Molloy was 23-of-61 (37.7 percent). The Lions outrebounded the Rams, 34-31.
Philadelphia continues its string of three straight road games on Tuesday, Nov. 26 with a non-conference contest at Kutztown. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.