PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (7-6, 2-2 CACC) looks to get above the .500 mark in the conference when it visits Felician (3-7, 1-2 CACC) in the Rams' first matchup with a CACC North Division squad this season.
This is the 19th meeting between Jefferson and Felician. The Rams lead the series, 13-5 and they are 5-2 on the road. Jefferson has won eight consecutive matchups overall and are on a five-game win streak at Felician.
LAST TIME OUT
The men defeated USciences (4-8, 1-2 CACC), 58-48 in a crosstown conference matchup on Thursday night at the Gallagher Center.
Both teams struggled to find a rhythm in the first half, each shooting just 25.0% for the period. The Rams took advantage of seven Devils' turnovers in the frame. Jefferson trailed 8-6 before going on a 9-0 run to take a 15-8 lead at the 7:51 mark. The Rams held the advantage for the remainder of the half and took a 20-15 lead into the locker room.
Jefferson maintained a five-point lead (26-21) early in the second half. USciences warmed up and went on an 11-5 run to go ahead 32-31. Junior Josh Bradanese put the Rams back in front with a three (11:36), which sparked seven straight Jefferson points. The Rams did not trail for the rest of the game. They put the game away with a 9-0 surge that gave them their largest lead of 13 (56-43) with 2:22 to play.
Junior DeVaughn Mallory had the top performance for Jefferson, posting 20 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. He was 10-for-17 from the field and added three blocks and two steals. Sophomore Alexander Gorton tallied 11 points, including two three-pointers. He also registered four assists and two steals. Juniors Kylan Guerra and Prince Hickson each totaled four assists and two steals. Guerra scored nine points.
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 FELICIAN
The Golden Falcons are looking to win back-to-back games for the first time this season after their 85-80 victory over Caldwell on Wednesday. They are one of the top rebounding teams in the nation, ranking seventh in Division II with 43.8 per game. Felician continues to look for its shooting touch as it is last in the conference in field goal percentage (39.6%). Junior Zamir Wright leads the squad with 17.2 ppg. Freshman Jay'von Jackson is producing 12.8 ppg. Senior Rahsaan Williams is corralling 9.9 rebounds per contest followed by junior Isiah Hinton-Gray (5.2) and freshman Dee-End McRae (5.1). Jackson and Wright have drilled 23 and 20 three-pointers respectively.
The Rams stay on the road to take on Chestnut Hill on Tuesday, January 8 at 8 p.m. Jefferson took both meetings from the Griffins in 2017-18, including a 78-75 road triumph.