PHILADELPHIA – After a slow start, the 25th-ranked Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (13-2, 6-0 CACC) dominated the final 10 minutes of the first half en route to a 98-74 win against Concordia (N.Y.) (1-14, 0-6 CACC) at the Gallagher Center on Saturday.
It was a back-and-forth battle in the opening 10 minutes with four lead changes and two ties. The Clippers held a 23-21 advantage with 9:09 on the clock. The Rams then caught fire, rattling off a 23-2 run to go in front 44-25 with 1:36 left. Five different players scored in the rally. Jefferson led 46-29 at the break.
With the score 50-29 in the third, Concordia had a 9-0 stretch to close the gap to 12 (50-38) with 17:06 left. A layup at the 15:02 mark got the Clippers within nine (53-44). The score was 58-47 when the Rams increased their lead to 17 (64-47) with six straight points. Leading 74-57 with over eight minutes to play, Jefferson put the game out of reach with a 14-2 run for its largest lead of the contest (88-59).
BY THE NUMBERS
- Senior DeVaughn Mallory tied his career-high with 31 points on 13-of-15 shooting. He added eight rebounds and five assists.
- Senior Kylan Guerra tallied 17 points, eight assists, five boards and two steals. He was 7-for-12 from the field.
- Senior Josh Bradanese and sophomore Deondre Bourne each recorded 15 points. Bradanese had five rebounds and five assists.
- Sophomore Ja'Zere Noel contributed with 13 points and six rebounds off of the bench.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot a blistering 66.1% (37-for-56) from the floor, 63.2% (12-for-19) from beyond the arc and 75.0% (12-for-16) from the foul line.
- Jefferson outrebounded Concordia, 38-14.
- The Rams dished 24 assists as a squad.
- It was Jefferson's best shooting performance since posting a 68.1 field goal percentage versus Nyack on January 10, 2018.
- The Rams recorded 24 total assists for the second time this year.
- It is the 1,109th career victory for head coach Herb Magee.
Jefferson hosts Goldey-Beacom on Wednesday, January 15 at 8 p.m.