PHILADELPHIA - The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (15-6, 10-2 CACC) stretched its win streak to 10 games with a wire-to-wire 73-52 victory at USciences (7-15, 4-9 CACC) on Tuesday night.
The Rams scored the first six and nine of the first 11 points of the contest. The Devils cut the deficit to one before freshman Deondre Bourne drilled a three to make it 12-8. With Jefferson ahead 17-15, the Rams increased their lead to 16 (31-15) with a 14-0 run that ended at the 5:58 mark of the first half. Jefferson went into halftime with a 36-23 advantage. The Rams shot 57.7% (15-of-26) from the field in the opening 20 minutes with four three-pointers. USciences got within 10 early in the second but Jefferson started to slowly pull away over the first 10 minutes. With the score 57-42, the Rams had a 7-0 surge to make it a 22-point game with 9:07 left. The Devils were only able to close the gap to 17 down the stretch.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Bourne finished with a game-high 20 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including four shots from beyond the arc.
- Junior Josh Bradanese was 7-for-9 from the floor and tallied 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals.
- Junior Kylan Guerra notched 16 points, nine assists and five boards while junior Prince Hickson posted 12 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
- Junior DeVaughn Mallory pulled down eight boards.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams went 26-for-49 (53.1%) from the field, 9-for-15 (60.0%) from three and 12-for-15 (80.0%) from the charity stripe.
- Jefferson held USciences to just 33.9% (20-of-59) shooting.
- The Rams outrebounded the Devils, 37-29.
- It is Jefferson's first 10-game win streak since the 2009-10 season.
- With Holy Family's 84-68 victory over Goldey-Beacom on Tuesday, the Rams' lead in the CACC South Division has increased to 2.5 games.
- The victory was the 1,089th of head coach Herb Magee's career.
Jefferson is back at the Gallagher Center on Saturday, February 9 to take on Dominican (N.Y.) at 4 p.m. The Rams and Chargers are currently at the top of their respective divisions in the CACC. The contest will include Senior Day and Mental Health Awareness Game festivities. In 2017-18, Jefferson defeated Dominican, 89-77 during the regular season and 59-58 in the CACC Championship Game.