PHILADELPHIA - The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (5-4, 1-1 CACC) earned its third straight win at the Gallagher Center while snapping its three-game slide overall with a 74-63 triumph over the Holy Family Tigers (4-3, 1-1 CACC) on Saturday.
The Rams were all over the Tigers in the first half, forcing 10 turnovers with eight steals and outscoring Holy Family, 35-29. Jefferson scored the first eight points of the contest and 11 of the initial 13. When the Tigers came within five (14-9) at the 11:50 mark, freshman Deondre Bourne drilled a three in response to keep the Rams in control, one of five treys for the rookie. Holy Family got within two later in the period and Jefferson retaliated with five straight points on a layup by junior DeVaughn Mallory and another long ball from Bourne. The Rams held the lead heading into the locker room.
Jefferson's shooting took off in the second half, as it went 13-for-23 (56.5%) from the floor with four three-pointers. With the Tigers down by six (52-46) and threatening, junior Josh Bradanese and Bourne came up huge, nailing back-to-back triples to put the Rams ahead 12 with 4:45 to go. Holy Family was only able to get within nine the rest of the way.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Bourne ended with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, 5-for-10 from downtown. He also had three rebounds and one steal.
- Junior Kylan Guerra tallied 16 points, nine assists, six rebounds and two steals. He was 6-for-12 from the floor.
- Junior Prince Hickson and Mallory each registered 12 points and Bradanese finished with 10. Mallory and Bradanese grabbed six rebounds apiece.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 50.9% (27-for-53) on field goals, 36.4% (8-for-22) from long distance and 70.6% (12-for-17) at the charity stripe.
- Jefferson forced 15 turnovers and converted them into 17 points.
- The Rams recorded just 28 of their 74 points in the paint (37.8%).
- It is the third time this year that all five Jefferson starters finished in double digits in scoring. All three occurrences have resulted in victories for the Rams.
- It was Jefferson's fifth consecutive win against Holy Family and the sixth straight at home.
- The win marked head coach Herb Magee's 1,079th of his career.
Jefferson Men's Basketball hosts Southern Connecticut State in non-conference action next Saturday, December 15 at 4 p.m. The Rams will look to avenge their 73-71 loss to the Owls from a year ago.