PHILADELPHIA – The Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (11-2, 4-0 CACC) pulled out a 67-62 victory against visiting Felician (4-8, 2-2 CACC) on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Falcons started off strong, scoring the first eight points of the contest. The Rams slowly cut into the deficit and took their first lead of the game at the 11:45 mark (16-15). The two squads then played back-and-forth basketball with five ties coming over the next six minutes. With the score even at 25, Felician posted back-to-back baskets to take a 29-25 advantage. The Golden Falcons would take the upper hand into halftime, leading 33-31.
Jefferson began the second with five consecutive points to go up 36-33. Felician took the advantage back at 39-38 with 15:06 on the clock. The Rams followed with an 11-2 rally for their largest lead of the afternoon (49-41) with 11:36 to play. However, the Golden Falcons responded with an 11-2 run of their own to go back in front 52-51 (7:29).
The teams were even at 56 with under four minutes to go. Senior Prince Hickson drilled a three to put the Rams ahead. With Jefferson clinging to a 61-60 lead, sophomore Deondre Bourne came up with a huge block in the paint to keep the Rams in front with just over a minute remaining. Felician had another opportunity to tie it with under 30 seconds left but was whistled for an offensive foul. Trailing by three, the Golden Falcons committed another offensive foul and Jefferson converted at the line to put the game out of reach.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Senior Kylan Guerra scored a team-high 20 points and added four rebounds.
- Senior Josh Bradanese posted 15 points and 12 boards for his second double-double of the year. He also had two blocks.
- Hickson tallied 13 points and four rebounds.
- Bourne and senior DeVaughn Mallory finished with eight points apiece. Mallory grabbed five boards.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 41.7% (20-for-48) for the contest, 35.7% (5-for-14) from three and 88.0% (22-for-25) from the foul line.
- Jefferson scored 22 points off of 12 Felician turnovers.
- The Rams' 22 free throws were their highest total of the season.
- It is the 1,107th career victory for head coach Herb Magee.
The Rams head to city rival USciences on Wednesday, January 8 for a 7:30 p.m. game.