LAKEWOOD, N.J. - The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (19-6, 14-2 CACC) clinched the top seed in the South Division for the CACC Tournament with a 68-64 victory at Georgian Court (4-21, 3-13 CACC) on Tuesday night. It was the Rams' 14th win in a row.
Early in the first, Jefferson held a 5-2 lead. The Lions went on a 12-1 run to take a 14-6 advantage. GCU maintained the upper hand for the majority of the half thereafter. However, with 3:15 on the clock, the Rams began an 11-2 rally to regain the lead, 35-30. They would go into the break with a 37-32 cushion.
Georgian Court scored the first seven points of the second half to go ahead, 39-37. There were three lead changes following the surge and the teams stayed close with Jefferson leading until the 4:21 mark when it was tied at 56. The Rams then scored seven of the next eight points to go up by six with 43 seconds remaining. The Lions were able to close the gap to two (64-62) but Jefferson went 4-for-4 at the line to clinch the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Junior Josh Bradanese finished with a game-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting, six rebounds, four blocks and three assists.
- Freshman Deondre Bourne tallied 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
- Junior DeVaughn Mallory notched his 12th double-double with 12 points and 11 boards.
- Junior Kylan Guerra produced 11 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams went 23-of-59 (39.0%) on field goals, 6-of-20 (30.0%) on three-pointers and 16-of-23 (69.6%) on foul shots.
- Jefferson narrowly outrebounded GCU, 38-36.
- It was the Rams' lowest field goal percentage in a win this season.
- The victory was the 1,093rd of head coach Herb Magee's career.
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.