WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed a career-best 22 rebounds as the Philadelphia University men's basketball defeated West Chester 97-92 in a wild double overtime affair Saturday afternoon in Hollinger Field House.
Philadelphia, who played its second straight double overtime contest, is now 3-3 this season. West Chester falls to 3-2.
The Rams used a 9-2 run to take a 91-85 lead on two Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) free throws with 1:06 left in the second overtime. West Chester stormed back with seven points in 27 seconds, capped by a Mike Wilson three-point play, to move ahead 92-91.
On Philadelphia's next possession, Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) made a jumper to put the Rams back in front 93-92. After a West Chester missed 3-pointer, Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) drained two free throws to push the lead to 95-92 with 13 seconds to play.
Gibbs sealed the game with two more free throws after Wilson missed a game-tying 3-point attempt.
The teams swapped the lead six times in the first overtime period. Wilson hit two free throws with 45 seconds remaining to put the Golden Rams ahead 78-76. Johnson went 2-for-2 at the line 10 seconds later to knot the score at 78. West Chester's Avery Brown 3-point attempt to win the game missed the mark.
Philadelphia overcame a 65-60 deficit in the final 2:37 of regulation to force overtime.
Gibbs made two free throws and Alexis hit a layup to pull Philadelphia within a point (65-64). After swapping baskets, West Chester's Cory Blake went to the stripe to sink two free throws to extend the Golden Rams lead to 69-66 with 23 seconds to play. Johnson buried a 3-pointer with five seconds on the clock to tie the game at 69.
Johnson finished with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Schlitzer poured in 23. Gibbs had a season-high 17 points and four assists.
Blake led five West Chester players in double figures with 20 points.
Philadelphia shot 48.3 percent (29-of-60) from the field, while West Chester hit 44.3 percent (35-of-79) of its attempts. The Rams owned a 46-40 rebounding edge.
Philadelphia heads to Holy Family for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference showdown on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.