PHILADELPHIA – All five Philadelphia University men's basketball team starters played all 40 minutes and scored in double figures as the Rams led from start to finish in a 73-62 victory over the College of Saint Rose Saturday afternoon on the first day of the East Region Classic in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia improves to 6-4 overall and extends its winning streak to three. The College of Saint Rose is now 5-6 overall.
The last time head coach Herb Magee, who is now just nine wins away from 1,000 in his career, did not make a substitution during a game came on Feb. 24, 2009—a 70-62 triumph at Holy Family.
Forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) led Philadelphia with a game-high 19 points, on 7-of-11 shooting. Six of Johnson's points came during an 11-0 first half run that allowed the Rams to take a 33-18 lead with 2:55 left in the half.
Guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) posted 12 points in the second half to finish with a season-high 17 points. Forward TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) posted all 11 of his points in the final 20 minutes of play.
Forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) recorded a double-double for the fifth consecutive contest, contributing 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) added 12 points.
After the Golden Knights trimmed the Rams' lead to single digits (35-28) with a Anthony Russell 3-pointer and a Jack Jones dunk, Philadelphia would score 17 of the next 20 points to move ahead 52-31 on an Alexis put back at the 13:10 mark. Alexis and Gibbs led the surge with five points each.
Max Weaver paced the College of Saint Rose with 13 points and 11 rebounds in 39 minutes of action. Chris Dorgler added 11 points.
Philadelphia hosts Assumption on the second day Classic on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.