CALDWELL, N.J. - The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (22-8) suffered a 65-57 loss to Dominican (N.Y.) (22-7) in the semifinals of the CACC Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
The Rams were the top seed in the South Division. They end the campaign with an eighth straight trip to the semifinal round and their sixth consecutive 20-win season. The Chargers, the second seed in the North Division, will take on top-seeded Bloomfield in the CACC Championship on Sunday.
The teams were even at four early in the first half. The Chargers went on a 9-0 run to take a 13-4 lead at the 12:14 mark. Dominican maintained the advantage for the rest of the period and was up 28-20 with 3:49 to go. The Chargers increased the margin to 14 with six straight points. Jefferson added two free throws to trail 34-22 at the intermission. The Rams struggled offensively in the stanza, shooting just 25.9% (7-of-27) and turning the ball over seven times.
In the second half, Dominican held the upper hand by a 38-28 score. Jefferson cut the deficit to three with a 7-0 rally that ended at 13:56. The two squads fought back and forth down the floor for the next eight minutes when the Rams closed the gap to one (54-53) with 5:27 to play. However, the Chargers tallied 11 of the final 15 points to clinch the victory. The Rams were limited in the second half, with three players holding four fouls for a significant portion of the period.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Freshman Deondre Bourne led Jefferson with 14 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.
- Junior Josh Bradanese tallied 13 points, four rebounds, three blocks, one assist and one steal.
- Junior Kylan Guerra posted nine points while junior DeVaughn Mallory contributed with eight points and seven boards.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 28.0% (14-of-50) from the field, 20.0% (4-of-20) from three and 92.6% (25-of-27) from the line.
- Jefferson's free throw percentage was its highest with at least 20 attempts since November 17, 2012 when the Rams were 22-for-23 (95.7%) versus Molloy.