PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (5-6) welcomes Molloy (8-3) to the Gallagher Center in the final contest of 2018 on Saturday at 2 p.m.
HOW TO WATCH
Tickets are available at the door. Prices are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors/children/outside students with ID. Children under the age of six are free. Jefferson students, staff and faculty with school ID are also free.
A free, live video stream will be available for the contest with play-by-play and color analysis.
This is the 32nd meeting between Jefferson and Molloy with the Rams holding a 24-7 advantage. The teams last met in November 2016 with the Lions earning a 79-74 win at home. Jefferson took the last matchup in Philadelphia, 55-48, in January 2015.
LAST TIME OUT
The men could not slow the number one scoring offense in the CACC as the Rams fell at the Goldey-Beacom Lightning (5-5, 3-0 CACC), 85-73 on December 19.
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.
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.
LOOKING AT MOLLOY
After winning just one of their first four contests, the Lions are red hot, bringing a seven-game win streak into the Gallagher Center. Molloy's average margin of victory during the streak is 13.4. It sports a 3-0 record versus the CACC with wins over Nyack, 81-79, Concordia (N.Y.), 88-86 and Georgian Court, 89-79. The Lions are one of the top rebounding teams in the nation, ranking eighth in Division II with 43.3 rebounds per game and 11th in defensive rebounds per game (30.0). Their 87.1 points per game is 24th-best in the country. Junior Nick Corbett is leading the way with 20.7 ppg followed by senior Curtis Jenkins (17.8). Corbett is 32-of-70 (45.7%) on three-pointers. Senior Mike Torre is contributing with 13.6 points and 7.1 rebounds respectively. Freshman Billy Muller is grabbing 7.0 rpg.
The Rams return to CACC play to begin 2019 when they host USciences on Thursday, January 3 at 8 p.m. Jefferson went 2-1 against the Devils last season, with both victories coming at home.