WILMINGTON, Del. – The #7/8 Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (25-2, 18-0 CACC) did not trail after the opening bucket and cruised to a 90-68 triumph at Goldey-Beacom (14-13, 11-7 CACC) on Wednesday night.
The Lightning got on the board first but the Rams followed with 11 of the next 13 to take over. With the score 11-9, Jefferson strung together 10 straight points. GBC came within 10 (24-14) but the Rams got hot again, pouring in 16 of 18 to make it 40-16 with 7:07 to go in the first half. Sophomore Deondre Bourne led the rally with 13 points on four three-pointers and a foul shot. The Lightning only came as close as 18 for the rest of the period.
After trailing 54-32 at the break, Goldey-Beacom started the second half with a 15-5 run to close the gap to 12 (59-47). With the score 66-51, Jefferson created more breathing room yet again, going off for a 16-3 stretch for their largest lead of the contest (82-54) with 7:54 to go. The margin did not dip below 20 points for the remainder of the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Bourne led all scorers with 29 points, tying his season high, on 9-of-14 shooting. He connected on seven threes out of 11 attempts. The sophomore also had four steals.
- Senior Kylan Guerra totaled 22 points. He shot 6-of-10, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.
- Sophomore Ja'Zere Noel tallied a season-high 19 points, shooting 7-of-12 with three makes from downtown.
- Senior Josh Bradanese grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds and scored nine points.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 53.4% (31-for-58) from the field, 51.6% (16-for-31) from three-point range and 80.0% (12-for-15) from the charity stripe.
- Jefferson had a 37-32 advantage in rebounds.
- The Rams held GBC to 38.3% shooting (23-for-60), including 35.5% (11-for-31) in the first half.
- Bradanese recorded his 600th career rebound.
- Bradanese is the first Ram to corral 20 boards in a game since teammate Prince Hickson on January 3, 2018 at Franklin Pierce.
- Jefferson's 16 three-pointers tied its season high.
- It was head coach Herb Magee's 1,121st career victory.
The Rams will be the number one overall seed in next week's CACC Tournament. Goldey-Beacom is locked in as the South Division's second seed. Wilmington and Georgian Court have secured the final two spots with seeding still to be determined. In the North, Dominican (1) and Post (2) are established in their positions. Bloomfield, Felician and Nyack are battling for the final two spots heading into the final day of the regular season.
The Rams end the regular season on Saturday, February 29 at 4 p.m. against Holy Family. Jefferson is celebrating Alumni/Senior Day.