PHILADELPHIA - The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (9-6, 4-2 CACC) ended the first half with a 17-3 run and cruised the rest of the way to an 85-68 road triumph over the Chestnut Hill Griffins (3-11, 0-5 CACC) on Tuesday night. It was the fourth consecutive win for the Rams.
Jefferson had the hot hand in the first half, shooting a scalding 61.8% (21-of-34) from the floor. The Rams also dominated the glass by a 22-10 margin. Jefferson was able to gain the lead from the jump with some early buckets and never trailed. However, Chestnut Hill was able to stay within striking distance, trailing by no more than 12 through the first 14 minutes of action. With the score 35-28 and 5:29 on the clock, the Rams busted the game open with 17 of the last 20 points in the frame to lead 52-31 at the break. Jefferson was 6-of-10 during the surge and six different players contributed to the run.
The Griffins were able to close the gap to 11 (54-43) with 15:06 left in the second half. However, Jefferson recovered and did not allow Chestnut Hill to get any closer for the rest of the contest, even building its advantage back up to 21 (77-56) at the 3:29 mark.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Junior DeVaughn Mallory continued his stellar play of late, posting his third straight double-double with career highs of 26 points and 18 rebounds. He shot 12-for-17 and added two steals, one assist and one block.
- Junior Josh Bradanese poured in 20 points, tying his season high. He also totaled four boards, three assists and one steal.
- Juniors Kylan Guerra and Prince Hickson tallied 15 and 11 points respectively. Hickson grabbed seven rebounds while Guerra dished five assists.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams went 33-of-70 (47.1%) from the floor, 4-of-18 (22.2%) from downtown and 15-of-23 (65.2%) from the free throw line.
- Jefferson won the rebound battle, 44-35, including corralling 19 offensive rebounds, its highest total of the campaign.
- The 19 offensive boards resulted in 25 second chance points.
- The four-game win streak is the Rams' longest since Feb. 24-Mar. 4, 2018 when they won the regular season finale followed by three conference tournament games to capture their fifth CACC title.
- The Rams are now 25-3 versus Chestnut Hill since 2006. Jefferson has never lost on the Griffins' home floor during that span.
- The victory was the 1,083rd of head coach Herb Magee's career.
Jefferson Men's Basketball returns to the Gallagher Center to take on Post on Saturday, January 12 at 4 p.m. The Eagles defeated Jefferson, 81-65 at home in 2017-18.