PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (18-6, 13-2 CACC) visits divisional foe Georgian Court (4-20, 3-12 CACC) on Tuesday for an 8 p.m. tip-off.
This is the 12th meeting between Jefferson and Georgian Court since 2013 when Georgian Court began admitting male students. The Rams are 11-0 against the Lions with five victories coming on the road.
LAST TIME OUT
The men earned their 13th win in a row with an 86-77 decision at Concordia (N.Y.) (9-15, 6-9 CACC) on Saturday afternoon to open a three-game road trip.
It was a tight game as neither team led by double digits until the final seconds. The two squads were tied at 12 at the 11:58 mark of the first half. The Clippers went ahead on a three-pointer and continued to hold the advantage for several minutes, with their largest lead coming at 6:55 (24-16). Down six with 3:23 on the clock, the Rams fought back with an 11-0 run to take a 35-30 lead. Freshman Deondre Bourne led the charge with nine of the 11 points. Jefferson was ahead 35-32 at the break.
In the second half, Concordia came back to take the lead, 45-44 at 15:15. There were several lead changes over the next 10 minutes until the Clippers were in front, 66-64 with 5:17 to play. The Rams then went on an 8-4 run to go ahead 76-70 with 2:09 remaining. Jefferson forced a pair of turnovers and was 10-for-12 on free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory.
Bourne ended with a season-high 33 points and seven rebounds. He shot 9-for-16, including 7-for-9 from beyond the arc. Junior Kylan Guerra notched 19 points, six assists and five boards. Junior DeVaughn Mallory picked up a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds while also dishing five assists. Junior Josh Bradanese contributed with 14 points, including four threes.
CACC WEEKLY AWARDS
Bourne was chosen the CACC Rookie of the Week for the second week in a row on Monday. He averaged 29.0 points over two contests. He scored 25 points on 7-of-14 shooting and added four rebounds, four assists and two blocks against Goldey-Beacom. The freshman followed up with a season-high 33 points at Concordia, shooting 9-for-16 from the field, including 7-for-9 from beyond the arc. Bourne also had seven rebounds and two assists. In addition, Mallory was a member of the weekly honor roll.
LOOKING AT GEORGIAN COURT
The Lions are looking to end a two-game slide. Junior Caleb Bowser is the leading scorer with 20.9 ppg and he ranks second in the conference. Junior Matt Ringel is contributing with 11.2 ppg and he is also the top rebounder with a 7.8 average. Sophomore Kim Speller and Bowser are grabbing 6.3 and 6.2 rpg respectively. Bowser and junior Will Osborn have each hit 34 three-pointers.
THE PLAYOFF PICTURE
With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, Jefferson holds the top spot in the South Division. The Rams have clinched a home quarterfinal game and can lock down the top seed with a victory on Tuesday. Goldey-Beacom has the inside track on the second seed with a 2.5 game lead on Holy Family and Wilmington. The Lightning have already clinched a spot in the conference playoffs.
Jefferson finishes its three-game trip with a 3 p.m. game at Bloomfield on Saturday, February 23. The Rams suffered an 86-85 overtime loss to the Bears last season at home.