PHILADELPHIA – The Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (9-2, 3-0 CACC) outscored host Holy Family (5-8, 2-1 CACC), 52-31 in the second half to defeat the Tigers, 79-54 on Saturday afternoon.
Holy Family held the upper hand for the majority of the opening 13 minutes. The Tigers had the largest lead of the period at 16-10 with 7:35 on the clock. Sophomore Deondre Bourne and senior Kylan Guerra hit back-to-back threes for the Rams to tie the score at 16. Jefferson trailed again, 22-18, with under three minutes to play when it started a 9-1 rally to end the frame and take a 27-23 advantage into the locker room.
The Tigers evened the score at 27 to begin the second half. The Rams followed with a 12-4 stretch to go up 39-31 with 14:23 remaining. The score was 42-36 at the 12:42 mark when Jefferson increased the margin to 16 (54-38) with a 12-2 run. After a Holy Family three-pointer at 6:04 to make it 61-47, the Rams pulled away further, outscoring the Tigers, 18-7 in the last six minutes to emphatically seal the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Bourne ended the game with a season-high 29 points and six rebounds. He shot 9-for-16, including 6-for-9 from beyond the arc.
- Senior Prince Hickson tallied a season-best 17 points and six boards. He was 6-of-9 from the field.
- Guerra registered 13 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
- Senior DeVaughn Mallory posted 10 points and five boards while senior Josh Bradanese recorded seven points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams were 27-of-58 (46.6%) from the floor, 12-of-28 (42.9%) from three-point distance and a perfect 13-of-13 at the foul line.
- Jefferson won the rebound battle, 38-26.
- The Rams committed just eight turnovers.
- Bradanese reached 500 career rebounds.
- It was the third time this season that Jefferson had double-digit three-pointers.
- It was the 1,105th career win for head coach Herb Magee.
The Rams host New Haven on New Year's Eve with tip-off at 12:30 p.m.