PHILADELPHIA – The 25th-ranked Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (12-2, 5-0 CACC) started the game with a 21-2 run and cruised to a 78-46 victory over host USciences (3-10, 1-5 CACC) on Wednesday night.
Senior Kylan Guerra opened the contest with a three and the Devils responded with a jumper. Then, the Rams poured in 18 straight points to take over the game with 13:34 left in the first half. Five different players contributed to the spurt. Jefferson increased their lead to 25 (33-8) when USciences built some momentum with a 13-0 rally, making the score 33-21 with 4:35 on the clock. The Rams took a 43-27 advantage into halftime.
Jefferson began the second half where it left off, scoring the first eight points to go up 51-27. The Devils never closed the gap to under 20 points for the rest of the game and the Rams continued to pull away throughout the period. Jefferson's largest lead was 34 (78-44).
BY THE NUMBERS
- Senior Josh Bradanese led all scorers with 27 points. He was 10-for-17 from the field, including 7-of-10 from three-point range. Bradanese added four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.
- Guerra totaled 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, 3-for-5 from downtown, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
- Sophomore Ja'Zere Noel registered 12 points, seven boards and three assists.
- Senior Prince Hickson and sophomore Deondre Bourne grabbed nine and six rebounds respectively.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 46.8% (29-for-62) on field goals, 51.6% (16-for-31) on three-pointers and 66.7% (4-for-6) on free throws.
- Jefferson won the rebound battle, 39-32.
- The Rams recorded 22 assists and committed just eight turnovers.
- It was the fourth time this season that Jefferson converted at over 50% on three-pointers.
- It was the lowest total points allowed by the Rams since a 59-44 win over USciences on February 7, 2018.
- It is the 1,108th career victory for head coach Herb Magee.
Jefferson takes on Concordia (N.Y.) at the Gallagher Center on Saturday, January 11 at 4 p.m.