PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (15-6, 10-2 CACC) takes on Dominican (N.Y.) (16-4, 11-1 CACC) in a battle of the conference's two first-place teams on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Gallagher Center.
Jefferson will be celebrating Senior Day and the contest is also a CACC Mental Health Awareness Week game. The Rams will honor senior Eric Long prior to the game. In addition, junior Kylan Guerra will be presented with his 1,000th career point ball after reaching the milestone on January 30 against Wilmington (Del.).
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 20th meeting between Jefferson and Dominican (N.Y.) since 2005. The Rams lead the series, 14-5 and have an 8-1 advantage at home. Jefferson has won the last two matchups overall and have a four-game win streak at the Gallagher Center.
LAST TIME OUT
The men stretched their 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.
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.
CACC WEEKLY AWARDS
Mallory was named the CACC Player of the Week on Monday afternoon for his performance against Wilmington (Del.) on January 30. The junior posted a career-high 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting and 15 rebounds against the Wildcats. It was his ninth double-double of the year. Mallory added three blocks and three assists. In addition, Bourne was chosen to the conference's weekly honor roll.
LOOKING AT DOMINICAN (N.Y.)
After suffering their first conference loss of the season to Caldwell, the Chargers bounced back with a 92-83 victory at Wilmington (Del.) on Thursday. Dominican has been one of the best defensive teams in Division II, ranking 11th in defensive rebounds per game (29.7) and three-point field goal defense (30.5%), 13th in turnovers forced (18.4), 14th in steals per game (9.7) and 19th in field goal percentage defense (40.2%). Junior Daraja Rodwell is the leading scorer with 16.5 ppg. Senior Ian Gardener (13.3), junior Tavon Ginyard (13.3) and junior Daniel Grant (11.1) are also scoring in double figures. Junior Jason Copman is grabbing a team-high 7.4 rebounds per contest. Rodwell and Ginyard have drilled 49 and 48 three-pointers respectively.
Jefferson remains at the Gallagher Center and hosts Goldey-Beacom on Wednesday, February 13 at 8 p.m. The Lightning defeated the Rams, 85-73 in Wilmington on December 19. Jefferson had a 72-61 triumph in last year's meeting at the Gallagher Center.