NEWARK, Del. – The WU Athletics Complex continued to cause difficulties for the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (4-4) as the Rams dropped their CACC opener at Wilmington (Del.) (4-3), 69-62 on Tuesday. The Wildcats have now won three straight home games versus Jefferson.
Wilmington was lethal from beyond the arc for the entire contest, finishing at 50.0% (9-of-18). The Wildcats controlled the first half after junior Jermaine Head put them ahead 5-2 with a three-pointer at 18:14. Wilmington did not trail for the rest of the period, leading by as much as seven on three different occasions. The Rams started cutting into the deficit in the last three minutes. Junior Kylan Guerra had four straight free throws to get Jefferson within three. After a Wildcat basket, junior Prince Hickson closed the scoring with a three-point play and the Rams were within two (30-28) at the intermission.
Wilmington came out hot in the second half, recording 10 of the first 12 points to go ahead 40-30. The Wildcats held the Rams at bay, leading by as much as 15 during the period. Jefferson made one last push in the final three minutes. Trailing 63-49, the Rams posted eight consecutive points, including a pair of three-pointers by junior Josh Bradanese, to make it a six-point game. However, Wilmington was able to make its free throws in the final seconds to ice the contest.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Bradanese finished with a team-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting, 4-of-9 from three-point distance, nine rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist.
- Junior DeVaughn Mallory produced a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards while adding one block and one assist.
- Guerra wrapped up with 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting. He was 3-for-7 on three-point attempts.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams went 23-for-64 (35.9%) from the floor, 9-for-25 (36.0%) on threes and 7-for-12 (58.3%) from the line.
- Jefferson turned the ball over just nine times, their second-lowest total of the campaign.
Jefferson Men's Basketball returns home for the first time since November 21 when it hosts division rival Holy Family on Saturday, December 8 at 4 p.m.