PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) scored a team-high 15 points in the Philadelphia University men's basketball team's 72-65 loss to USciences in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Tuesday night in Bobby Morgan Arena.
Philadelphia falls to 20-6 overall, 14-3 against the CACC, and has its winning streak end at nine games. USciences is now 15-9 overall, 11-6 in the conference.
Junior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) recorded 14 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) contributed 13 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Sophomore forward Peter Alexis (Wlikes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) chipped in with 12 points and eight boards.
The Devils got out to a 13-6 advantage on a jumper by Sho DaSilva at the 12:32 mark of the opening half.
Down 20-13, Philadelphia went on a 10-2 run to move ahead for the first time (23-22) on a layup from sophomore forward TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) with 6:02 left in the half. Schlitzer and Huggins had four points each in the run.
After swapping baskets, USciences scored six straight points to take a 30-25 advantage.
The Devils started the second half by outscoring the Rams 16-6, capped off by a Patrick Connaghan basket, over the first 7:37 to lead by 11 points (50-39).
Philadelphia used a 13-4 surge to trim the USciences advantage from 12 to 58-55 on a Huggins layup with 2:26 to play.
USciences' Dylan Kerwin delivered the big blow to Philadelphia's hopes of completing the comeback, draining a 3-pointer from the top of the key as the shot clock was about to expire to put the Devils up 64-57 with 1:07 on the clock.
The Rams got as close as 70-65 with nine seconds remaining on the Johnson triple.
Garrett Kerr recorded 31 points and 13 rebounds, both game highs, for the Devils. Kerwin finished with 13 points and Connaghan ended up with 10 points.
The Devils shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the field and 82.4 percent (14-of-17) at the free throw line. Philadelphia connected on 42.9 percent (24-of-56) of its field goal attempts and 84.6 percent (11-of-13) of its free throws.
Philadelphia returns to the Gallagher Center to face Concordia (N.Y.) on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. Prior to the start of the game, the team will honor seniors Tyree Harris (Philadelphia, Pa./Phelps School), Tyler Robertson (Dennis Twp., N.J./Middle Twp.), and Christian.