Men’s basketball defeated by Division I Boston College, 67-50

Men’s basketball defeated by Division I Boston College, 67-50

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Sophomore forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) recorded a game-high 15 points points and a team-best seven rebounds in the Philadelphia University's men's basketball team's 67-50 loss to Division I Boston College Sunday afternoon in the Silvio O. Conte Forum.

Due to NCAA rules, the contest was considered an exhibition game for the Rams and will not go toward the team's overall record. The game does count for the Eagles and they improve to 4-7 with the victory.

Senior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) contributed 12 points, four rebounds, and three steals. Junior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) added 10 points.

Sophomore guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) scored the first points of the game, after stealing the ball from the Eagles' Joe Rahon, to give the Rams a 2-0 lead 50 seconds into the contest.

Boston College came back with back-to-back 3-pointers from Olivier Hanlan and Alex Dragicevich to move ahead 6-2.

Philadelphia trailed by nine before going on a 9-3 run—capped by a 3-pointer from Johnson with 4:07 left in the half—to cut the gap to just three (22-19). Boston College ended the first half with a 7-3 surge to take a 33-25 lead to the locker room.

Johnson scored five straight points to bring the Rams within two (43-41) and forced the Eagles to call timeout with 11:32 remaining. After the timeout, Boston College went on a 12-1 run—which included four points from Ryan Anderson—to increase its lead to 55-42.

Schlitzer made it a single-digit game with a lay-up to make the score 55-47 with 5:10 left. The Eagles ended the game with a 12-3 run.

Hanlan paced the Eagles with 14 points, while Dragicevich added 12. Anderson picked up 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Boston College shot 50.0 percent (27-of-54) from the field, and Philadelphia hit 35.1 percent (20-of-57) of its shots. The Eagles won the rebounding battle, 43-24.

Philadelphia only turned the ball over five times.

The Rams ahead to Adelphi next weekend to compete in the Adelphi Holiday Tournament. Philadelphia opens the tournament against the host Panthers on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3:30 p.m.

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