Men's Basketball Claims CACC South Division Title For Second Consecutive Year With Victory Against Nyack

Men's Basketball Claims CACC South Division Title For Second Consecutive Year With Victory Against Nyack

PHILADELPHIA The #10/11 Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (22-2, 15-0 CACC) played a dominant first half and made it stand up in an 87-72 victory over visiting Nyack (11-12, 6-8 CACC) on Saturday.

GAMEPLAY
The Rams held an early 7-5 advantage. They increased their lead to 13 (18-5) with 11 straight points. With the score 27-15, Jefferson had another hot streak, going on an 8-0 run to up the margin to 20 (35-15) with 5:36 on the clock. The Rams were in front by 25 (53-28) at halftime. Three Jefferson players scored double digits in the period – sophomore Deondre Bourne (18), senior Josh Bradanese (14) and senior DeVaughn Mallory (12).

The Warriors opened the second half with seven consecutive points to make the score 53-35. A layup by Bradanese at the 11:49 mark put the Rams ahead by 19 (69-50). Nyack followed with six points to close the gap to 13 (69-56) with 10:10 to play. It was the closest that the Warriors would get as Jefferson posted eight of the next 12 points to go ahead by 17 (77-60) with 7:05 remaining.

BY THE NUMBERS
- Bourne led the Rams with 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting. He was 5-for-8 from three.
- Bradanese and Mallory finished with 20 points apiece. Bradanese added eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks. He shot 7-for-12, including 4-for-7 from downtown.
- Senior Kylan Guerra posted 18 points and seven assists.

AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot a blistering 58.5% (31-for-53) for the game, 50.0% (10-for-20) from beyond the arc, and 93.8% (15-for-16) at the line.
- Jefferson was 20-for-31 (64.5%) in the first half alone.

NOTES
- It was the Rams' sixth time this year shooting over 50.0% in back-to-back games.
- Jefferson made double-digit three-pointers for the eighth time this season.
- Guerra became the 24th Ram to reach 1,500 career points.
- It was head coach Herb Magee's 1,118th career victory.

PLAYOFF PICTURE
Jefferson clinched the CACC South Division's top seed for the second straight year. With four games left in the regular season, Goldey-Beacom (9-6) has a two-game lead for the second seed. Wilmington (7-9) and Georgian Court (6-9) are third and fourth respectively. Holy Family (5-11), Chestnut Hill (4-11) and USciences (4-12) are all still alive in the playoff hunt.

NEXT UP
The Rams play Georgian Court at the Gallagher Center on Tuesday, February 18 at 8 p.m.