PHILADELPHIA – The #9/10 Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (24-2, 17-0 CACC) routed Chestnut Hill (4-22, 4-13 CACC), 113-62, on Saturday for their 17th consecutive victory.
The Griffins had the better of play early on, jumping out to a 9-4 advantage. The Rams then answered with a 22-5 run over the next five minutes to take control, 26-14, with 11:12 on the clock. All five starters contributed to the stretch. With the score 30-19, Jefferson pulled away further with nine consecutive points to make it 39-19 (5:42). Senior Kylan Guerra led the charge with five points. It was the Rams' largest margin of the period. Chestnut Hill cut the deficit to 17 (54-37) with a three-point play just before halftime. Jefferson continued to pull away in the second half, starting the period with a 15-4 run. The Rams outscored the Griffins, 59-25 overall in the frame to cruise to the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Guerra led all scorers with 26 points, one shy of his career mark, shooting 9-for-16. He added 11 assists, six rebounds and six steals.
- Senior Josh Bradanese tallied 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting, 4-of-5 from three-point range. He also grabbed seven boards.
- Senior DeVaughn Mallory recorded his 11th double-double, posting 20 points and 16 rebounds. He shot 10-for-16 from the field.
- Senior Prince Hickson also notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.
- Sophomore Ja'Zere Noel chipped in 10 points.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 62.3% (43-of-69) from the floor, 45.5% (10-of-22) from three-point range and 77.3% (17-of-22) at the line.
- Jefferson controlled the glass by a 49-20 count.
- The Rams held Chestnut Hill to just 25.0% (5-of-20) on three-pointers.
- It was Jefferson's highest point total since scoring 114 versus Pace to open the 1999-2000 campaign.
- The Rams reached triple digits for the first time since a 103-81 triumph against Bridgeport on November 26, 2017.
- It was head coach Herb Magee's 1,120th career victory.
The Rams have secured the top seed in the South Division for the CACC Tournament. Goldey-Beacom has locked up the second position. Wilmington, Holy Family, Georgian Court and Chestnut Hill are all contending for the last two spots with two games remaining in the regular season.
The Rams visit Goldey-Beacom on Wednesday, February 26 at 8 p.m.