PHILADELPHIA – In a matchup of the two first-place teams in the CACC, the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (16-6, 11-2 CACC) made it 11 straight wins with a 78-71 decision over visiting Dominican (N.Y.) (16-5, 11-2 CACC) on Saturday.
Prior to the contest, the Rams honored senior Eric Long and presented junior Kylan Guerra with his 1,000th career point ball. Guerra hit the milestone in Jefferson's game versus Wilmington (Del.) on January 30.
It was a tightly-contested game throughout the early portion of the first half. The Chargers had an 11-9 lead at the 12:44 mark when Jefferson embarked on a 14-2 run to take a 23-13 advantage. Freshman Deondre Bourne led the way with seven points. The Rams were ahead by 12 before Dominican tallied the final five points of the frame to make the score 33-26 at halftime.
In the second half, Jefferson was in front by a 44-33 score when the Chargers surged with a 20-8 run to take a 53-52 advantage with 8:40 on the clock. The Rams responded with six consecutive points to regain the lead. Jefferson was up by three when junior DeVaughn Mallory drilled a big three-pointer to make it 65-59 with 2:31 remaining. Dominican made four field goals down the stretch but the Rams were a perfect 11-for-11 from the line to close out the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Bourne notched his first career double-double, recording season highs of 25 points and 11 rebounds. He was 7-for-12 from the floor.
- Mallory finished with a game-high 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting and nine boards. It was his third 20-point performance in his last four games.
- Guerra tallied 11 points, five assists and three rebounds.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 54.3% (25-of-46) on field goals, 35.7% (5-of-14) on three-pointers and 82.1% (23-of-28) at the charity stripe.
- Jefferson outrebounded Dominican, 36-26.
- The Rams limited the Chargers to just 23-of-61 (37.7%) for the game.
- Jefferson now leads the series against Dominican, 15-5 since 2005 and they now have a 9-1 advantage at home. The Rams have won the last three matchups overall and have a five-game win streak at the Gallagher Center.
- The victory was the 1,090th of head coach Herb Magee's career.
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.