PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (20-7, 15-3 CACC) finishes the regular season at city rival Holy Family (14-11, 10-8 CACC) on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is at 3 p.m.
This is the 32nd meeting between Jefferson and Holy Family since 2004. The Rams lead the series, 25-6, including a 9-4 road record. Jefferson has won the last five meetings overall and two straight at Holy Family. The Rams won 74-63 at the Gallagher Center on December 8.
LAST TIME OUT
The men erased a halftime deficit to defeat visiting Chestnut Hill (3-24, 0-18 CACC), 86-81 on Wednesday night.
It was a close contest full of offense with 17 lead changes and both teams shooting over 50 percent from the field. Early in the first half, the Griffins recorded eight consecutive points for a 13-4 lead. Jefferson responded with a 10-0 run to go ahead, 14-13. The teams traded the lead multiple times from that point until the score was tied at 43 with 29 seconds left before halftime. Chestnut Hill made a three-pointer at the six second mark and went into the locker room with a 46-43 advantage.
The Griffins scored the first basket of the second half. The Rams then went on a tear, posting 11 unanswered points to go ahead, 54-48. With the score 70-65, Chestnut Hill went on a 11-2 surge to jump in front by four (76-72) with 5:57 to play. The Griffins had the upper hand, 81-80, with 1:55 remaining before Jefferson rallied for the last six points of the contest. Junior Kylan Guerra made a layup (1:30) and freshman Deondre Bourne drilled a three (0:50). CHC missed two three-point attempts and Guerra added a foul shot for the final margin.
Junior DeVaughn Mallory earned his fifth straight double-double and 14th of the season, totaling a game-high 24 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. He was 10-for-18 from the field. Junior Josh Bradanese tallied 16 points, six boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals. Guerra and Bourne finished with 15 points apiece and sophomore Alexander Gorton added 10.
LOOKING AT HOLY FAMILY
The Tigers have won three straight heading into the regular season finale. Freshman Patrick Robinson leads Holy Family with 18.7 points per game. Junior Brandon Aughburns (14.1), junior Vincenzo Dalessandro (13.5), freshman Dymir Montague (12.0) and freshman Kharon Randolph (11.6) are all averaging double figures as well. Aughburns is grabbing a team-high 8.2 boards. Dalessandro has hit 55 three-pointers and Montague has 41 treys.
THE PLAYOFF PICTURE
Jefferson has clinched the top seed in the South Division and will host the fourth seed in the North, Felician, in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. Holy Family has clinched a playoff spot along with Goldey-Beacom and Wilmington (Del.) but the three squads are still battling for seeding. The Tigers can jump up to the second seed with a win and a Goldey-Beacom loss on Saturday. The North Division is decided with the seeds in order of Bloomfield, Dominican (N.Y.), Caldwell and Felician.
Jefferson will host Felician in a CACC quarterfinal game at the Gallagher Center on Tuesday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. The Rams downed the Golden Falcons, 87-71 on the road on January 5.