PHILADELPHIA – The Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (6-1) dominated the first half on the way to a 76-58 victory over visiting Bridgeport (4-2) on Saturday.
After each team made a bucket to start the game, the Rams scored nine of the next 11 to take an 11-4 lead. Seniors Josh Bradanese and DeVaughn Mallory tallied five and four points respectively to spark the run. With the margin still seven (25-18) at the seven-minute mark, Jefferson rallied for 12 straight points to open a commanding 37-18 advantage. Four players scored in the stretch. The Rams were in front, 40-22, at the break. Mallory led all scorers with 16 points and Bradanese followed with 12. Jefferson shot a blistering 65.4% (17-for-26) in the frame and held the Purple Knights to just 26.7% (8-for-30).
The closest that Bridgeport came in the second half was 12 (59-47) with 6:59 to go. However, the Rams countered with eight consecutive points to pull away once again. They led by as many as 20.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Mallory posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. It was his third straight double-double and fifth of the season. Mallory was 11-for-16 from the field.
- Bradanese poured in a game-high 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting. He also grabbed six boards.
- Senior Kylan Guerra also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists. He was 4-of-7 from the floor and added eight rebounds and three steals.
- Junior Kareem Matthew contributed with seven points off the bench and senior Prince Hickson dished four assists.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams were 30-for-53 (56.6%) from the field, 8-for-16 (50.0%) on three-pointers, and 8-for-13 (61.5%) at the foul line.
- Jefferson outrebounded Bridgeport, 35-29.
- The Rams never trailed in the contest.
- It is the fifth time this year that Jefferson shot over 50.0% and it is 5-0 in those games.
- The Rams' 24 assists were their highest total of the season and the most since December 8, 2005 (24).
- It is the 1,102nd win of Herb Magee's Hall of Fame career.
The Rams wrap up a five-game home stand on Thursday, December 12 versus Pace. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.