PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer, junior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville), and senior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) all recorded a double-double as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference's (CACC) southern division with a 80-62 Senior Day win over Concordia (N.Y.) Saturday afternoon in the Gallagher Center.
This will be the fourth time, and the first time since the 2009-10, that Philadelphia (21-6, 15-3 CACC) will be the southern division's top seed for the CACC Tournament since the conference went to divisions in 2007-08.
Alexis played all 40 minutes and racked up 20 points, on 9-of-15 shooting, and a game-high 13 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the year. SchlItzer ended the contest with 20 points, 10 rebounds, a season-high six assists, and three steals. Christian contributed 12 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists.
Sophomore forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) also hit double-figures for the Rams with 17 points.
Trailing 3-2 after a Jamie Holder free throw 1:12 into the contest, Philadelphia would score 11 of the next 13 points to move ahead 13-5 on a Christian layup at the 15:44 mark.
An Alexis jumper with 13:03 to play in the half sparked an 18-6 surge that ballooned the Rams' advantage to 37-17 at the 5:39 mark. Johnson led the charge with nine points, while Schlitzer drilled two 3-pointers.
Behind four points each from Norman Pope and Jamie Holder, Concordia (4-21, 4-14 CACC) went on a 12-4 run to close the gap to 41-29 on a Chris Gordy basket with 1:47 to go in the half.
The Rams went on a 15-3 surge in the second half to extend their 11-point advantage into a 23-point cushion (71-48) on a Christian nine-footer at the 6:09 mark. Philadelphia's lead hit a game-high 24 points (77-53) on two successful Schlitzer free throws with 3:36 left.
Pope led all players with 27 points on 9-of-19 shooting, 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Holder finished with 11 points and four assists.
Philadelphia shot 50.0 percent (31-of-62) from the field, while Concordia connected on 33.8 percent (23-of-68) of its shots.
The Rams wrap up the regular season with a CACC contest at Goldey-Beacom on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.