PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (19-7, 14-3 CACC) looks to bounce back from Saturday's loss when the Rams host Chestnut Hill (3-23, 0-17 CACC) in conference action on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
This is the 29th meeting between Jefferson and Chestnut Hill since 2006. The Rams lead the series, 25-3 but the Griffins' wins have all come on the road.
LAST TIME OUT
The men had their 14-game win streak come to an end with a 71-67 setback at Bloomfield (17-9, 15-2 CACC) in a battle of the two CACC division leaders on Saturday.
The Rams took an early 6-4 lead before the Bears seized the advantage with a 10-0 run. Bloomfield was in front 24-17 when Jefferson went on a 12-0 rally to take a five-point lead at the 6:06 mark. The Rams maintained the upper hand for the remainder of the period and took a 40-35 lead into the break.
Jefferson opened the second half with nine straight points to make the score 49-35. The Rams were ahead by eight (60-52) when the Bears stormed back with an 11-0 surge to regain the lead, 63-60 with 6:45 left. Junior DeVaughn Mallory hit a jumper at 3:31 to tie the score at 66. Bloomfield went back in front with a layup (2:25) then both teams went 0-for-2 on their next two possessions. The Rams had a chance to tie or take the lead at the 20-second mark but went 0-for-3 at the line. After the Bears made a foul shot (0:14), Jefferson went 1-for-2 at the charity stripe (0:05) but could not get the rebound off the miss. Bloomfield then sank a pair of free throws (0:01) to ice the victory.
Mallory finished with his fourth straight double-double and 13th overall, recording 22 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 8-of-15 from the field. Junior Kylan Guerra registered 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal. Junior Josh Bradanese picked up a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Freshman Deondre Bourne posted 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers.
LOOKING AT CHESTNUT HILL
The Griffins are led by senior Ed McWade, who ranks first in scoring (11.0 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.3 rpg). Freshmen Keyon Butler and Trevonn Pitts are averaging 9.4 and 9.2 points per game respectively. Butler is grabbing 4.8 rebounds per contest followed by rookie Amir Warrick with 4.6. Senior Liban Awl has made 32 three-pointers and McWade has drilled 30.
THE PLAYOFF PICTURE
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Rams have secured the top spot in the CACC South Division. Goldey-Beacom, Holy Family and Wilmington (Del.) have all clinched playoff berths but continue to fight for seeding. In the North, Bloomfield can lock down the top spot with a win or a Dominican (N.Y.) loss on Wednesday. Caldwell and Felician are within striking distance of the second seed.
Jefferson wraps up the regular season at Holy Family on Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m. The Rams defeated the Tigers, 74-63 at home on December 8. Jefferson won 54-52 at Holy Family last season.