NYACK, N.Y. - The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (13-6, 8-2 CACC) upped its win streak to eight games with a convincing 98-64 victory at Nyack (4-13, 3-6) on Saturday afternoon.
The Rams earned a wire-to-wire win, scoring the first points and jumping out to a 28-9 lead in the opening nine minutes. Freshman Deondre Bourne (14) and juniors DeVaughn Mallory (9) and Josh Bradanese (5) combined to lead the early surge. The Warriors were able to cut the deficit to 14 by the end of the period, trailing 44-30 at the break. Nyack continued to narrow the gap to start the second and was down 53-40 at the 16:19 mark. That was when Jefferson pulled away for good, going on a 19-6 run to lead by 26 (72-46) with 9:47 left. The Rams continued to increase the margin for the rest of the contest.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Mallory finished with a career-high 27 points on 13-of-18 shooting. He also pulled down 13 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the year.
- Bourne tallied 22 points. He was 7-for-12, including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. The rookie added five rebounds, three assists and one steal.
- Bradanese and junior Kylan Guerra both contributed with a double-double. Bradanese totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds while Guerra produced 18 points and 11 assists. Guerra sits at 996 career points.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams were 39-for-64 (60.9%) from the field, 13-for-20 (65.0%) from three-point distance and 7-for-16 (43.8%) from the foul line.
- Jefferson outrebounded Nyack by a 39-34 margin.
- The Rams committed a season-low four turnovers.
- Jefferson's 98 points was its highest output since a 103-81 triumph versus Bridgeport on Nov. 26, 2017.
- The Rams made 13 threes, the most this season and the highest number since they made 14 in an 81-57 win against Holy Family on Feb. 24, 2018.
- The victory was the 1,087th of head coach Herb Magee's career.
The Rams return home to battle Wilmington (Del.) on Wednesday, January 30 at 8 p.m. The Wildcats defeated Jefferson at home, 69-62 on December 4. The Rams topped Wilmington, 84-81 in overtime in last year's meeting at the Gallagher Center.