PHILADELPHIA – The 12th-ranked Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (27-3) opened the game with an 18-0 run and routed Wilmington (Del.) (11-19), 100-61 in the CACC semifinals on Saturday.
The Rams, the tournament's number one overall seed, advance to the CACC Championship Game against Dominican on Sunday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m.
Jefferson came out on fire, netting the first 18 points of the game. The Rams were 7-of-8 during the stretch with four three-pointers. With the score 23-4, Jefferson put together seven more points to make it 30-4. Trailing 33-7, the Wildcats, the third seed in the South Division, scored seven of 10 to close the gap to 22 (36-14) at the 6:05 mark. With the score 48-22, the Rams closed the first half with seven in a row to lead 55-22 at the break. Jefferson continued to hold Wilmington at bay in the second, leading by at least 31 and by as many as 45, on the way to the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Senior Josh Bradanese finished with career-highs of 38 points and eight assists while also grabbing six rebounds. He was 15-of-22 from the floor, including 7-of-11 from three-point distance.
- Senior DeVaughn Mallory picked up his 14th double-double of the year with 20 points and 13 boards. He was 9-for-16 and added five assists and two blocks.
- Sophomore Deondre Bourne produced 20 points, five rebounds and four assists. He shot 6-for-10, 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.
- Senior Prince Hickson tallied 13 points and senior Kylan Guerra recorded nine rebounds and eight assists.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 61.3% (38-for-62) from the field, 54.5% (12-for-22) from downtown and 75.0% (12-for-16) from the line.
- Jefferson held Wilmington to just 32.4% (23-for-71) shooting, including 26.5% (9-for-34) in the first half.
- The Rams outrebounded the Wildcats, 45-29.
- Mallory recorded his 1,000th career point as a Ram.
- Jefferson dished a season-high 28 assists.
- The Rams reached the CACC Championship Game for the eighth time, winning titles in 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015 and 2018.
- It was the 1,123rd career win for Herb Magee.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"Tonight, they (Wilmington) were guard-oriented. Their guards are who you have to stop. With these other teams (Bloomfield and Dominican), they have good guards but they also have good power guys too, guys who can score inside. So the game is going to be much more physical than tonight."
- Head coach Herb Magee looking towards Sunday's championship game.
"We study a lot of film so we were looking at the previous two games and trying to see what worked well and what didn't against them. We just capitalized on those things and that's what helped us out so much."
- Senior Josh Bradanese on trying to beat Wilmington for a third time this season.