PHILADELPHIA – After falling behind 6-3, the Philadelphia University men's basketball team went on a 26-5 run to open up an 18-point lead and never looked back in a 63-49 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over visiting Chestnut Hill Tuesday night in the Gallagher Center.
Guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) shot 4-of-5 from the field during the run, including a 3-pointer at the 16:08 mark to spark the surge, to record 11 of his game-high 17 points.
Forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) recorded a double-double for the fourth straight game after an 11-point, 11-rebound effort for the Rams (5-4, 3-1 CACC).
Guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) added 16 points, with the help of a 7-of-8 night at the free throw line, while forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) contributed 13 points and six rebounds.
Philadelphia shot 10-of-20 from the field during the 11:49 stretch to get out to the big lead. Chestnut Hill (2-6, 1-2 CACC) hit just two of its 20 shot attempts in that same span.
Gibbs drained a 3-pointer with 15:55 left in the contest to extend the Philadelphia advantage to a game-high 21 points (43-22).
With Philadelphia leading 45-24, Chestnut Hill struck back by outscoring Philadelphia 22-8 over the next 11:10 to trim the cushion to 53-46 on three Billy Cassidy free throws at the 3:50 mark. Christian Walck led the comeback attempt with nine of his team-high 16 points.
The Rams squashed the rally by shooting 9-of-11 from the free throw line, while holding the Griffins to 1-of-7 shooting from the field over the final 3:50.
Philadelphia finished the game hitting 42.9 percent (21-of-49) of its shots and 84.2 percent (16-of-19) of its free throws. Chestnut Hill connected of 29.0 percent (18-of-62) of its shots, 6.7 percent (1-of-15) from 3-point range.
The Rams owned a 45-30 rebounding advantage.
Philadelphia's next contest comes on Saturday, Dec. 20 against the College of Saint Rose at 1 p.m.