PHILADELPHIA – The #12/15 Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (18-2, 11-0 CACC) used a 19-4 mid-first half run to take control and coasted to an 88-61 victory against USciences (5-13, 3-8 CACC) on Wednesday night for its 11th straight win.
The teams were tied at seven at the 13:09 mark of the first. The Rams then went 7-for-10, including a perfect 5-for-5 from downtown, over the next six minutes to build a 26-11 advantage. Senior Kylan Guerra led the charge with nine points. Guerra later hit a triple (5:16) and a layup (4:43) to up the margin to 20 (35-15) with 4:43 left. The Devils outscored Jefferson, 12-6, in the final minutes to trail 41-27 at the break.
The Rams started the second period an unblemished 7-for-7 from the floor and built a 25-point cushion (58-33) with 15:05 remaining. Jefferson had its largest lead at 29 (86-57) with 2:07 to play after a 7-0 stretch.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Guerra posted a career-high 27 points on 8-of-12 shooting, 7-for-9 from three-point range. He added five rebounds and four assists.
- Senior Josh Bradanese totaled 21 points, six boards, six assists and one steal. He shot 8-of-11, 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.
- Senior DeVaughn Mallory and sophomore Ja'Zere Noel each scored 12 points. Mallory grabbed nine rebounds.
- Senior Prince Hickson contributed nine points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 56.7% (34-of-60) on field goals, 48.1% (13-of-27) from three-point land and 87.5% (7-of-8) at the free throw line.
- Jefferson dished 19 assists while turning the ball over just five times.
- The Rams' five turnovers was their lowest total since the season opener on November 9.
- Bradanese wore #24 in the contest instead of his customary #12 in honor of Kobe Bryant.
- It is Jefferson's best 20-game start since it also opened 18-2 in the 1994-95 campaign.
The Rams head to Caldwell on Saturday, February 1 for a 3 p.m. game.