PHILADELPHIA – Junior guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 12.3 remaining to give the Philadelphia University men's basketball team a 65-63 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over Chestnut Hill Tuesday night in Sorgenti Arena.
Philadelphia (16-6, 10-3 CACC) had to overcome a 63-58 deficit after Chestnut Hill's Billy Cassidy knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:23 left in the contest. Senior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) single-handedly cut the gap to 63-62 by hitting two free throws at the 1:12 mark and a fast break layup 19 seconds later.
On Chestnut Hill's penultimate possession, Cassidy missed a 17-footer with the shot clock winding down. Schlitzer grabbed the rebound and started the break. Gibbs drained a left-handed lay up to put the Rams back in front.
Philadelphia managed to hang on to the win as Edward McWade's attempt to send the game to overtime, an open layup from the left block, bounced off the rim as time expired.
Junior forwards Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) and Derek Johnson (Conshohocken, Pa./Atlantic Christian) each turned in a stat line consisting of 18 points and nine rebounds. Gibbs had 11 points and four assists, while Schlitzer contributed 10 points.
After Philadelphia took a 3-0 lead on an Alexis free throw just 57 seconds into the contest, Chestnut Hill (4-18, 3-12 CACC) came back with six straight points—capped by a Seamus Radtke jumper—to take a 6-3 lead. The advantage grew to a half-high five points (23-18) on a McWade put back at the 4:39 mark.
The Rams outscored the Griffins 20-10 to open the second half, which allowed Philadelphia to grab the largest lead of the game by either team (43-34) on a Gibbs' 3-pointer with 12:33 left. Johnson led the charge with seven points, while Alexis had six.
Chestnut Hill bounced back, outscoring Philadelphia 12-2 over a 3:10 to regain the lead (48-45) on a McWade triple.
Cassidy came off the bench to be Chestnut Hill's leading scorer with 18 points. McWade contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Radtke had 10 points. Noel Hightower grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
Philadelphia welcomes Holy Family to the Gallagher Center for a CACC tilt on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.