Hickson's All-Around Effort Sparks Men's Basketball's 10th Straight Victory

Hickson's All-Around Effort Sparks Men's Basketball's 10th Straight Victory

PHILADELPHIA  The #14/17 Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (17-2, 10-0 CACC) dominated the second half on the way to an 83-70 victory over Bloomfield (10-9, 6-4 CACC) at the Gallagher Center on Saturday. It was the 10th win in a row for the Rams.

GAMEPLAY
Jefferson had an 8-7 advantage in the early going before the Bears took over with an 11-2 run. Bloomfield held the lead for the next several minutes, stretching it out to nine (30-21) with 4:05 on the clock. With the score 31-23, the Rams ended the half with a 7-2 stretch to trail by just three (33-30) at the break. Sophomore Deondre Bourne posted five of the seven points.

In the second, Jefferson opened with six points to go in front 36-33. With the teams even at 39, the Rams made their move, rallying for 12 of the next 15 points to take a 51-42 advantage with 14:42 remaining. Senior DeVaughn Mallory scored seven points in the run. Bloomfield closed the gap to five (58-53) at the 10:25 mark. A three by senior Kylan Guerra and a layup from sophomore Ja'Zere Noel upped the margin to 14 (73-59) with 5:05 to play, capping a 14-6 stretch. The Bears came no closer than three points the rest of the way.

BY THE NUMBERS
- Mallory finished with 20 points and six rebounds.
- Senior Prince Hickson had an impressive all-around game with 11 points, eight boards, five assists, four blocks and three steals. He was 4-for-4 from the field.
- Guerra tallied 17 points, six assists, five rebounds and one steal.
- Noel totaled 14 points and five boards and Bourne registered 13 points.

AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 50.9% (27-for-53) from the floor, 41.2% (7-for-17) from three-point range and 91.7% (22-for-24) from the foul line.
- Jefferson outrebounded Bloomfield, 35-23.

NOTES
- Guerra became the fifth Ram to reach 500 career assists.
- It was the ninth time this year that Jefferson shot over 50.0% in a game and second in a row.
- Jefferson is 10-0 in the CACC for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.
- It is head coach Herb Magee's 1,113th career victory.

NEXT UP
The Rams host USciences on Wednesday, January 25 at 8 p.m.