PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (17-9, 12-3 CACC) grinded out a Wednesday home win over the USciences Devils (12-11, 8-7 CACC) in a conference matchup from the Gallagher Center, 59-44.
The win comes as the sixth straight for the Rams, who remain at the top of the CACC South.
Points were at a premium in the crosstown affair. Both teams made just eight field goals in the opening 20 minutes for a 25-20 halftime score. Sophomore Prince Hickson got the start tonight and scored 10 of his 18 on the evening in the first half. The forward hit 2-of-3 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the line in his first 19 minutes of play.
Jefferson led the contest wire-to-wire. The Rams went up 10-2 early and led by as many as 12 in the first half, 20-8. From there, the Devils went on a 10-1 run to get back within three at 21-18.
Jefferson outscored the Devils, 34-24, in the second half as four Rams finished the night in double figures. The Rams pulled away late, taking their largest lead of the game with just under a minute to play at 59-44.
In addition to his career-high 18-point effort, Hickson also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and made three assists while going 8-of-11 from the free-throw line.
Sophomore Josh Bradanese dropped 10 points with eight rebounds.
Jefferson Men's Basketball returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 10 with a conference affair against Bloomfield from the Gallagher Center. Action begins at 4 p.m. following the women's 2 p.m. start.