PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Ulyen Coleman hit a bank-in buzzer-beating three from the left wing for Southern Connecticut State as the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (5-5) lost a heartbreaker to the Owls (6-5), 69-68 on Saturday at the Gallagher Center. The defeat snapped the Rams' three-game home win streak.
It was an entertaining affair in East Falls as neither team led by more than seven points throughout the contest. Both squads did start out a little sluggish, as there were just 11 total points scored in the first six minutes. With the score tied at 14, the Owls went on a 7-0 run to take the largest lead of the game at the 6:37 mark. Jefferson followed with its own rally, tallying eight straight points to take a one-point lead at 4:58. The Rams were ahead 30-29 at the intermission.
The second half riled up the Gallagher Center crowd, as there were nine lead changes and five ties during the period. Jefferson was up four (65-61) with 3:05 to go. Coleman nailed a three to put the Owls within one (2:52) but junior Josh Bradanese countered with a layup to make it a three-point game (2:22). Senior Kealen Ives made a jumper and the score was 67-66 (1:58). Bradanese's free throw with 1:24 remaining put the Rams ahead two. After both teams missed jumpers and the Rams used their three fouls to give, the Owls had the ball with five seconds on the clock. Coleman took the inbounds pass and moved to his left before getting off an off-balance three-pointer from the wing that banked in off the backboard as time expired.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Junior DeVaughn Mallory was Jefferson's top scorer with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He also grabbed six rebounds.
- Sophomore Alexander Gorton dropped 19 points (7-of-13) in his season debut after returning from an injury.
- Junior Prince Hickson was 4-for-5 and finished with 10 points and five boards.
- Junior Kylan Guerra tallied nine points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams were 27-of-58 (46.6%) from the field but just 3-for-20 (15.0%) from beyond the arc. Jefferson shot 73.3% (11-for-15) from the foul line.
- The men forced 12 turnovers and scored 14 points off the miscues.
- Despite the slow start, the Rams shot over 40% for the ninth time in 10 games this season.
- Jefferson had less than 10 turnovers for the third time this year, finishing with nine.
Jefferson Men's Basketball resumes conference play when it visits division rival Goldey-Beacom on Wednesday, December 19 at 8 p.m. The teams split last year's season series with the Lightning earning a 76-65 win in Wilmington.