PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) scored a game-high 34 points for the Philadelphia University men's basketball team in an 82-71 loss to the University of Pittsburgh in an exhibition contest Friday night in Petersen Events Center.
Johnson had a solid night shooting the basketball as he connected on 12 of his 21 attempts, including seven made 3-pointers. He also grabbed three rebounds.
Forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) contributed 11 points and eight rebounds. Forward TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) and Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) added 10 points each. Schlitzer led the team with six assists.
With the score tied at 61 with 10:04 left, the Panthers—led by eight points from Durand Johnson—would go on a 17-5 run to take a 78-66 advantage with 3:34 to play.
Philadelphia would get as close as nine (80-71) on an Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) 3-pointer.
In the first half, the Rams were down 22-13 with 9:35 remaining thanks to a 10-2 Panther run, capped off by a Johnson triple. Philadelphia chipped away after the Pittsburgh lead, eventually tying the score at 28 at the 2:48 mark on a Huggins lay-up.
Johnson finished off a 20-point half by draining two free throws with one second on the clock to give the Rams a 35-34 halftime lead.
Michael Young paced Pittsburgh with 21 points, on 10-of-16 shooting, and a game-high 11 rebounds. Johnson finished the contest with 19 points in 20 minutes thanks to a 7-of-10 shooting effort.
The Panthers shot 58.9 percent (33-of-56) from the field, 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from behind the arc. The Rams hit 48.1 percent (28-of-59) of their attempts, including 47.6 percent (10-of-21) of their 3-pointers.
Philadelphia concludes the preseason with a showdown against La Salle on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in Tom Gola Arena.