PHILADELPHIA – The Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (7-1) outscored #22/23 Pace (9-2), 15-5 in the last five minutes to defeat the Setters, 64-55, at the Gallagher Center on Thursday night.
Pace scored the first bucket of the game but then the Rams took over with 10 straight points. The Setters then rallied to even the score at 10 apiece. Jefferson built a 20-13 lead and was in front for the rest of the period. The Rams were ahead 28-18 at the break.
Pace opened the second half with a 14-2 run to take a 32-30 advantage, its first since 13-12 at the 7:56 mark of the first frame. The teams were even at 36 when Jefferson had a 9-3 stretch to go up 45-39 with 9:56 on the clock. The Setters got hot again to the tune of an 11-4 rally to take a narrow one-point lead (50-49) at the 5:26 mark.
Senior Kylan Guerra sank two free throws (4:31) and junior Kareem Matthew made a layup (3:36) to give the Rams a 53-50 advantage. After a Pace layup (2:52), senior DeVaughn Mallory hit a jumper (2:33) and senior Josh Bradanese drilled a huge three-pointer (1:06) to put Jefferson up six (58-52). After a Matthew foul shot and a three by the Setters, Bradanese converted a layup to make the score 61-55 with 33 seconds remaining. Pace went 0-for-2 after that and the Rams made three free throws to ice the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Bradanese finished with a game-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and added four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
- Mallory recorded his fourth consecutive double-double with 16 points and 15 boards. He also tallied four assists.
- Sophomore Ja'Zere Noel contributed with eight points off the bench.
- Guerra scored seven points and senior Prince Hickson grabbed five rebounds.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 41.2% (21-for-51) from the field, 42.9% (6-for-14) from three-point range and 64.0% (16-for-25) at the line.
- Jefferson committed just eight turnovers on the night and scored 25 points off of 13 Pace miscues.
- The Rams held the Setters to just 25.0% shooting (6-of-24) in the first half.
- It is Jefferson's first win over a nationally-ranked team since defeating Holy Family, 76-66, on February 20, 2016.
- The Rams' 55 points allowed is their best defensive effort of the campaign.
- It is the 1,103rd win for head coach Herb Magee.
The Rams begin a three-game road trip on Sunday, December 15 at Saint Anselm. Tip-off is at 12 p.m.