PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (22-7) takes on Dominican (N.Y.) (21-7) in the CACC Tournament for the third straight year when the two squads face off in a semifinal game on Saturday at Caldwell University. Tip-off is set for approximately 2 p.m.
Jefferson is the top seed in the South Division while the Chargers are seeded second in the North Division.
HOW TO WATCH
For those making the trip to Caldwell, tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors/children/students with ID. Children under the age of three are free.
A live video stream will be available for the contest with play-by-play and color analysis. The web stream will come with a $5 charge per game as mandated by the conference.
This is the 21st meeting between Jefferson and Dominican (N.Y.) since 2005. The Rams lead the series, 15-5. Jefferson has won the last three matchups overall. The Rams are 3-1 versus the Chargers in the conference tournament.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Jefferson topped Felician in the quarterfinals, 85-65. The Rams outscored the Golden Falcons, 46-32 in the second half. Junior Josh Bradanese tallied a game and season-high 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting, 4-of-9 from three, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal. Junior DeVaughn Mallory picked up his 15th double-double with 21 points and 12 boards. He also blocked two shots. Freshman Deondre Bourne totaled 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal. Sophomore Alexander Gorton contributed with 10 points while junior Kylan Guerra chipped in with seven points and seven assists.
Dominican defeated Holy Family, 71-59 in the quarterfinals. Tavon Ginyard highlighted the first half as he netted his 1000th career point. He went into tonight's game with 998 career points and converted two free throws with 11:08 left in the half to reach the 1,000 point plateau. Daraja Rodwell led all scorers with a night-best 19 points (5-6 from the three-point arc) and four rebounds. Ian Gardener finished with 13 points and four rebounds, while Ginyard and Daniel Grant each tallied 12 points in the win. Grant added four boards and four assists. Jonathan Garcia netted seven points, seven rebounds, five assists and a team high four steals and Jason Copman also grabbed seven boards.
JEFFERSON IN THE CACC TOURNAMENT
This is the Rams' 13th appearance in the CACC Tournament since joining the conference in 2005. They are 24-7 in the tournament. Jefferson is 7-4 in the semifinal round. The Rams captured the conference championship in 2007-08, 2008-09, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2017-18.
LOOKING AT DOMINICAN (N.Y.)
The Chargers are on a four-game win streak. They have outscored their opponents by an average margin of 18.5 points during the run. Dominican is one of the better defensive teams in the country, ranking ninth in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.9) and 19th in field goal percentage defense (40.4). The team also forces 18.0 turnovers per game, which is 13th. Junior Daraja Rodwell leads the squad in scoring with 16.6 ppg followed by junior Tavon Ginyard (13.8) and senior Ian Gardener (13.6). Junior Daniel Grant also averages double figures with 11.1 points per contest. Junior Jason Copman grabs a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game. Rodwell and Ginyard have hit 76 and 75 three-pointers respectively.
Saturday's winner will battle Bloomfield for the CACC Championship on Sunday at 12 p.m. The Bears defeated Goldey-Beacom, 90-86 in the first semifinal on Saturday. The conference champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.