WILMINGTON, Del. – Herb Magee recorded his 998th career victory as the Philadelphia University men's basketball team cruised to an 85-66 victory over host Goldey-Beacom in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference contest Thursday night in the Jones Center.
Philadelphia (13-5, 7-2 CACC) knocked down six of its first eight shots in the opening four minutes to get out to a 15-2 advantage. Forward Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) led the early surge with a pair of 3-pointers, while guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) added five of his game-high 23 points.
A late 13-4 run, capped off with two successful Johnson free throws at the 1:18 mark of the first half, extended the cushion to 44-21. Johnson, who finished the half with 16 points, scoring six points during the spurt.
Philadelphia was red-hot shooting the ball in the opening half, hitting 57.1 percent (16-of-28) of its attempts, including 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from 3-point range. Golden-Beacom (6-13, 3-8 CACC) shot 33.3 percent (9-of-27) from the floor and 0-of-8 from behind the arc.
After the Lightning closed the gap to 15 just under four minutes into the second half, Schlitzer took over, scoring nine of his 15 second-half points in a 12-4 run that allowed the Rams to regain their 23-point lead (61-38).
Johnson finished the game with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, 3-of-5 from three.
Forward Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) recorded 19 points and nine rebounds. Forward TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) contributed 10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and four steals. All 10 of Huggins' points came in the second half.
Guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) had 11 points and four assists.
The Rams ended the night hitting 56.0 percent (28-of-50) of their shots—the third best shooting performance of the season.
Chris Gebhart paced Goldey-Beacom with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Daniel Cooper came off the bench to add 17 points.
Philadelphia returns to the Gallagher Center to kick off a three-game home stand starting on Saturday, Jan. 31 against Caldwell at 4 p.m.