PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (4-1) defeated the Queens Knights (N.Y.) (0-5) on Wednesday afternoon by a final of 66-63 from the Gallagher Center the day before Thanksgiving.
Both teams were excellent at the free-throw line, which kept the game close. Jefferson had a one-point edge at halftime, 35-34. The Rams shot 46.2% in the opening 20 minutes as junior DeVaughn Mallory had 10 at the break.
Jefferson pushed it to their largest lead at nine points with 8:40 remaining in the contest, 52-43, after a three pointer from junior Josh Bradanese. The Knights would not go away as they cut it down to two with under a minute left. Both teams were perfect from the line heading into the final minute. A late Jefferson foul sent Queens to the charity strike where they missed the front end but got within three.
The Rams had a chance to ice the game after a Knights' foul with seconds left but missed two free throws on the other end to keep the edge at three. Queens picked up the rebound and hurled a desperation halfcourt shot that went wide as Jefferson squeaked away with the nonconference win.
BY THE NUMBERS
-Freshman Deondre Bourne scored a game-high 16 points behind 5-of-10 shooting with three treys, three rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block.
- Bradanese finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
- Mallory notched 14 points, five rebounds and a steal. He also went 8-of-8 from the line.
-Junior Kylan Guerra scored 10 points on 4-of-6 with seven assists, three boards and two steals.
-Freshman Christopher Mitchell scored five points off the bench with three assists and a steal.
AS A TEAM
-The Rams shot 42.0% (21-of-50) from the field, 38.9% (7-of-18) from deep and 89.5% (17-of-19) from the charity strike.
-Jefferson forced 13 Queens' turnovers. The Rams also outscored the Knights, 20-5, in points off turnovers.
Jefferson Men's Basketball now plays on the road Sunday, Nov. 25 at Bentley in Waltham, Mass. at noon.