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PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (11-6, 6-2 CACC) is slated to face CACC North Division foe Caldwell (8-9, 4-4 CACC) at the Gallagher Center on Monday at 5 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 18th meeting between Jefferson and Caldwell since 2005. The Rams lead the series, 12-5 and they are 7-1 at home. The teams split two games last year, with the Cougars winning, 73-63 at home during the regular season and Jefferson earning a 75-70 home victory in the CACC quarterfinals. The Rams have won seven straight home matchups.
LAST TIME OUT
The men kept their hot streak going on Wednesday night, defeating Georgian Court (2-14, 1-6 CACC), 76-55 at the Gallagher Center for their sixth consecutive victory.
The Rams took the lead early and were ahead 10-7 at the 16:05 mark. Jefferson had an 11-2 run to make the score 21-9 (13:26). Junior DeVaughn Mallory's layup at 11:05 made it 25-10 before the Lions had their own 11-2 rally to cut the deficit to six (27-21). Jefferson responded with 17 of the next 23 points to take a 44-27 advantage at halftime. The Rams were 16-of-26 (61.5%) from the field in the period.
Jefferson continued to control the contest in the second half and did not allow GCU back into the game. The closest the Lions were able to get was 13 (51-38) at the 12:38 mark of the stanza. The Rams' largest lead was 23 (76-53) in the final seconds.
Juniors Kylan Guerra and DeVaughn Mallory each registered double-doubles. Guerra scored 13 points and dished 12 assists to go along with five rebounds, three steals and one block. Mallory totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth consecutive double-double. He was 8-for-14 from the field. Junior Josh Bradanese tallied a game-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting with three makes from downtown. He tied his season-high and added seven boards. Sophomore Alexander Gorton poured in 19 points with six three-pointers. Junior Prince Hickson grabbed eight rebounds.
LOOKING AT CALDWELL
The Cougars are coming off a 76-71 victory over Nyack on Wednesday. Caldwell is ranked 28th in Division II with 17.4 turnovers forced per game. The Cougars have struggled to stop opposing shooters, sitting 12th in the CACC in field goal defense (46.9%) and 13th in three-point defense (38.2%). Junior Ned Ogoemesim leads Caldwell with 13.2 points per game. Senior Ahmad Harrison and junior Vaughn Covington follow with 12.3 and 10.9 ppg respectively while junior Eric Johnson-Alford is contributing with a 10.2 average. Johnson-Alford is the top rebounder with 6.8 per contest. Covington is first in three-pointers with 27.
The Rams hit the road to take on Nyack on Saturday, January 26 at 3 p.m. Jefferson topped the Warriors, 89-68 at home in 2017-18.