WALTHAM, Mass. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (4-2) fell behind early and could not overcome the deficit in an 86-70 loss at 24th-ranked Bentley University on Sunday afternoon.
The Falcons are tied for 24th in the D2SIDA Media Poll and are receiving votes in the NABC Coaches Poll.
Bentley got out to a hot start, building a 24-9 advantage in the first nine minutes, including four three-pointers. Jefferson went on an 8-2 run to close the gap to eight (28-20) as freshman Christopher Mitchell ended the charge with a trey. The Rams would get within six on multiple occasions before trailing 40-33 at the intermission.
Freshman Deondre Bourne opened the second frame with a layup to make it a five-point game at 40-35. However, Bentley followed with seven straight points to open up some breathing room. Jefferson could not get closer than seven points for the rest of the contest. Bentley took advantage of 10 Rams' turnovers, converting them into 20 points. The Falcons also benefitted from 15 offensive boards, compiling 16 second chance points.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Junior Kylan Guerra closed with a team-high 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting and a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. He also dished five assists.
- Bourne grabbed six rebounds to go along with his 14 points.
- Juniors DeVaughn Mallory and Josh Bradanese contributed with 12 and 11 points respectively with Bradanese draining three shots from beyond the arc.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 46.2% (24-of-52) from the field, 31.6% (6-of-19) from three-point range and 88.9% (16-of-18) from the foul line.
- Jefferson tallied 36 of their 70 points in the paint.
Jefferson Men's Basketball has its final tune-up before beginning conference play when the Rams travel to Kutztown University on Wednesday, November 28 for a 7 p.m. tip.