KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (4-3) fell at Kutztown (4-2), 76-75 in non-conference action on Wednesday night.
Both teams shot the lights out of Keystone Arena, with the Golden Bears at 58.2% and the Rams at 53.3%. The score reflected the stat sheet, as the squads were nearly even in all categories. Jefferson got out to an early 13-4 lead before Kutztown battled back with a 14-3 run to take a two-point advantage. The Rams followed with six straight points to regain the upper hand, which they would hold for the remainder of the period. Jefferson's largest lead was 11 (34-23) at the 6:57 mark.
The Golden Bears evened the score three times early in the second but the Rams would jump ahead once again on junior Kylan Guerra's basket at 16:02. Kutztown remained close, however, never trailing by more than seven. Junior Prince Hickson made a layup to make the score 72-68 with 4:16 left. The Golden Bears followed with an 8-0 surge to take a 76-72 advantage. Freshman Deondre Bourne was fouled on a three-point attempt and sank all three shots to make it a one-point game with 2:34 to go. However, Jefferson could not convert in the final minutes and came away with the disappointing setback.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Hickson led five players in double figures with 15 points on a perfect 7-of-7 from the field.
- Guerra and junior DeVaughn Mallory each finished with 14 points with Mallory also corralling nine boards. Guerra added four steals and three assists.
- Bourne and freshman Christopher Mitchell tallied 10 points apiece.
AS A TEAM
-The Rams shot 53.3% (32-of-60) on field goals, 30.8% (4-of-13) from three-point range and 70.0% (7-of-10) on free throws.
-Jefferson forced 15 turnovers, turning them into 20 points.
Jefferson Men's Basketball heads to South Division rival Wilmington (Del.) to begin CACC play on Tuesday, December 4 at 8 p.m. The two schools split last season's meetings.