PHILADELPHIA – The Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (10-2) held New Haven (4-6) to just two points in the final six minutes and pulled away to a 61-55 victory at the Gallagher Center on Tuesday afternoon.
There were three ties in the opening seven minutes as the teams looked to establish control. The Rams scored six straight points to take a 16-10 lead with 11:09 on the clock. They stayed in front for the next seven minutes. Down four with 4:45 to go, the Chargers finished the period with a 9-2 stretch to go ahead 28-25 at the break.
New Haven started the second with three points to increase the margin to six (31-25). Jefferson trailed 39-35 when it rallied to take a 40-39 lead with 14:18 remaining. After the Chargers made a layup to regain the upper hand, the Rams responded with an 8-0 run to make it 48-41 with 11:34 to go. New Haven used a 10-0 rally to take a 53-51 advantage with 6:44 left. Jefferson then dominated the rest of the way, outscoring the Chargers 10-2 down the stretch. The Rams held New Haven to just 1-of-8 shooting in the last six minutes.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Sophomore Deondre Bourne led Jefferson with 17 points. He was 6-for-12 from the field.
- Senior Josh Bradanese scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
- Senior DeVaughn Mallory produced 10 points and seven rebounds.
- Senior Kylan Guerra recorded nine points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
- Senior Prince Hickson contributed with six points, four boards and three steals.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 44.2% (23-of-52) on field goals, 31.6% (6-of-19) on threes and 75.0% (9-of-12) at the line.
- Jefferson limited New Haven to just 1-of-9 from three-point range in the second half.
- The Rams took a 7-6 lead over the Chargers in the all-time series.
- Head coach Herb Magee earned his 1,106th career victory.
The Rams kick off the New Year versus Felician on Saturday, January 4 at 3 p.m.