PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (6-6, 1-2 CACC) returns to conference play with a matchup against crosstown rival USciences (4-7, 1-1 CACC) on Thursday night at the Gallagher Center. Tip-off is set for 8 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 31st meeting between Jefferson and USciences since 2005. The Rams have a 20-10 advantage in the series and they are 12-4 at home. The teams split last year's matchups with each team winning on its home court.
LAST TIME OUT
The men held the Molloy Lions (8-4) to 35.1% shooting in the second half and came from behind for an 86-81 victory at the Gallagher Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Lions dictated the pace in the first half, playing a fast game and going 17-for-30 (56.7%) on field goals. The Rams were able to slow down the Molloy offense in the second half, limiting the Lions to 13-of-37 (35.1%) from the floor. Conversely, the Jefferson offense heated up, making half of its shots in the period (12-for-24). The Rams took their first lead of the contest after tallying the first nine points of the stanza. With the score even at 70 (5:53), Jefferson went ahead for good with the next six points. The Rams were ahead two (78-76) when junior Kylan Guerra nailed a huge three-pointer with 37 seconds to go. The Lions were forced to foul following the trey and Jefferson clinched the win at the line.
Guerra finished with a career-high 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He was 3-for-6 from beyond the arc and 9-of-10 from the foul line. He also had five rebounds, three steals and three assists. Sophomore Alexander Gorton also produced 26 points, his highest output of the season. The sophomore also totaled five boards, one steal and one assist. Juniors Prince Hickson and DeVaughn Mallory contributed with 15 and 11 points respectively.
CACC WEEKLY AWARDS
Gorton was named the CACC Co-Player of the Week on Monday. Gorton led the team in scoring with 21.5 points over its previous two contests. He recorded 17 points, with a trio of three-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one steal at Goldey-Beacom (Dec. 19). The sophomore followed with a 26-point performance versus Molloy (Dec. 29) on 8-of-17 shooting and 10-of-11 at the foul line. Gorton added five rebounds, one assist and one steal. It was the fifth 25-point performance of his career and the 12th time he went over 20 points.
LOOKING AT USCIENCES
The Devils will take the floor for the first time in 18 days when they face Jefferson. They are seeking their third straight win after victories over Chestnut Hill, 76-64 (Dec. 8) and Cheyney, 76-58 (Dec. 16). USciences has struggled offensively in the early going, averaging just 68.0 points per game which is 13th in the conference. The Devils are also 12th in field goal percentage (41.5%) and 13th in three-point field goal percentage (29.2%). Sophomore Paddy Casey is the team's leading scorer with 12.0 ppg followed by seniors Tanner Kerr (11.9) and Brendan Crawford (11.2). Freshman Sean Simon has hit a team-best 15 threes. Kerr is pulling down 7.1 rebounds per game.
The Rams play their first CACC North Division opponent of the season when they visit Felician on Saturday, January 5 for a 3:30 p.m. game. Jefferson took last year's matchup, 60-56 at home.