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