WILMINGTON, Del. - The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (5-6, 1-2 CACC) could not cool down the number one scoring offense in the conference as the Rams fell at the Goldey-Beacom Lightning (5-5, 3-0 CACC), 85-73 on Wednesday evening.
Both teams shot well in the first half, especially from three-point range. Jefferson was 15-of-29 (51.7%), including 7-of-12 (58.3%) from three. GBC shot 48.6% (17-for-35) from the floor and 54.5% (6-of-11) from beyond the arc. Despite outshooting the Lightning, the Rams led for just 2:51 in the frame as Goldey-Beacom forced five Jefferson turnovers, turning them into 11 points, and committed just two of their own. The Lightning also controlled the glass, 20-13, including grabbing eight offensive rebounds. GBC led by as many as 13 (42-29) with 2:02 to play before the Rams rallied for the final eight points of the period. Junior Josh Bradanese made a layup and freshman Deondre Bourne followed with back-to-back threes. Bourne went off for 18 points in the first half on 7-of-9 shooting, 4-of-6 from downtown.
Jefferson continued to shoot well in the second stanza, going 14-for-26 (53.8%) from the floor. However, the Lightning offense proved too tough to handle, as GBC was a scalding 65.4% (17-for-26) in the second half. The Rams got within three on two occasions, the last being at the 13:59 mark (57-54). Jefferson was still within striking distance down 75-67 with 5:13 to go but Goldey-Beacom went on a 10-4 run for its largest lead at 14 with 1:30 left.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Bourne ended the game with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, 4-of-10 from three-point range.
- Sophomore Alexander Gorton produced 17 points with a trio of three-pointers.
- Junior DeVaughn Mallory was 7-for-11 and finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and two steals.
- Bradanese totaled 11 points, including three buckets from beyond the arc.
- Junior Kylan Guerra dished a career-high 13 assists.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 52.7% (29-for-55) on field goals, 47.6% (10-for-21) on three-pointers and 71.4% (5-for-7) at the foul line.
- Bourne's 20 points was the third time this year that he has reached that mark. He had a season-high 25 against Millersville on November 20.
- It was the first time this season that Jefferson suffered a defeat after shooting over 40% from three-point range.
- The Rams still lead the series versus Goldey-Beacom since 2005, 18-9 but they are now just 7-7 on the road.
After the holiday, Jefferson Men's Basketball hosts Molloy at the Gallagher Center on Saturday, December 29 at 2 p.m. The teams last squared off in the 2016-17 campaign with the Lions earning a 79-74 victory at home.