PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (17-6, 12-2 CACC) starts a three-game road trip with a visit to Concordia (N.Y.) (9-14, 6-8 CACC) on Saturday at 3 p.m.
This is the 11th meeting between Jefferson and Concordia since the Clippers joined the conference in 2009. The Rams lead the series, 8-2 and they are 2-2 on the road. Jefferson has won the last six meetings, two on the road, including a 96-85 win at home last season.
LAST TIME OUT
The men used an 18-0 run to take control in the second half and went on to win, 85-69 over Goldey-Beacom (11-13, 9-6 CACC) in a matchup of the top two teams in the CACC South Division on Wednesday at the Gallagher Center. It was the Rams' 12th straight victory.
Jefferson had an early 6-3 lead before the Lightning rallied for 12 of the next 14 points to go ahead 15-8 with 14:16 left in the first half. Down 25-18, the Rams went on a 9-2 surge to even the score at 27 with 7:45 on the clock. Jefferson was able to pull out in front and took a 43-41 lead into halftime. Both teams shot the ball well in the period, with the Rams at 63.0% (17-of-27) and GBC at 51.7% (15-of-29).
The Lightning started the second half with nine consecutive points to take a 50-43 advantage. With the score 54-49 with 14:16 to go, Jefferson took over, going off on an 18-0 run to lead by 13 (67-54) with 7:30 left. Freshman Deondre Bourne led the charge with nine points. Goldey-Beacom pushed back and cut the deficit to six (69-63) but the Rams had another rally, this time a 13-2 surge, to put the game out of reach with under a minute to play.
Junior DeVaughn Mallory led the squad with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 14 rebounds. Freshman Deondre Bourne tallied 25 points, tying his season high. He was 7-for-14 with three shots from beyond the arc. Bourne also dished four assists and blocked two shots. Juniors Kylan Guerra, Josh Bradanese and Prince Hickson contributed with 15, 13 and 10 points respectively. Guerra had five assists and Hickson grabbed eight boards.
CACC WEEKLY AWARDS
Bourne was chosen the CACC Rookie of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. He led the team with 22.5 points per game over two contests. Bourne opened the week with a team-high 20 points on 5-of-12 shooting, 4-of-6 from three, four assists, three rebounds and one block against USciences. He then recorded the first double-double of his career with season highs of 25 points and 11 boards versus Dominican. The rookie was 7-for-12 from the field with a pair of treys and he also added two steals. In addition, junior DeVaughn Mallory was placed on the conference's weekly honor roll for the fifth time.
LOOKING AT CONCORDIA (N.Y.)
The Clippers have dropped three of their last four, including a 92-83 setback to Dominican (N.Y.) on Wednesday. Concordia has done well in limiting turnovers, ranking third in the conference with 13.5 per game. Junior Cedrick McFadden leads the squad with 15.8 ppg followed by senior Stephen Milhaven (11.7) and sophomore Baron Goodridge (10.4). Sophomore Alex White Jr. and Milhaven are grabbing 7.9 and 7.0 rebounds per contest respectively. McFadden is the top three-point shooter with 43.
Jefferson heads to Georgian Court to take on the Lions on Tuesday, February 19 at 8 p.m. The Rams topped GCU, 76-55 at home on January 16. They also took last year's meeting in Lakewood, 69-60.