NEWARK, Del. – The #10/11 Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (21-2, 14-0 CACC) picked up its 14th consecutive victory with a 78-62 decision at Wilmington (Del.) (8-16, 6-9 CACC) on Wednesday night.
The Rams had an early 4-3 lead then the Wildcats recorded a pair of free throws and a three to go ahead 8-4. Jefferson followed with six straight points to go back in front 10-8. The teams continued to battle for the next several minutes with four ties as neither team could take control. Trailing 20-18, the Rams broke through for 15 of the next 18 points to take a 33-23 advantage with 3:23 remaining. Senior DeVaughn Mallory led the charge with 10 points and senior Josh Bradanese scored five. Jefferson held an eight-point lead (35-27) at the half.
After a Wilmington three made the score 37-30 in the second, the Rams rallied for 12 of the next 14 points to make it 49-32 (14:49). The Wildcats got the deficit down to 13 (53-40) but Jefferson pulled away again with a 10-3 stretch for a 20-point advantage (63-43) at the 9:49 mark. It was the Rams' largest lead of the night. Wilmington came no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Mallory finished with a game-high 30 points, his third time hitting the mark this year. He also grabbed 15 rebounds for his 10th double-double. Mallory shot 14-for-20 from the field.
- Bradanese totaled 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting with three makes from beyond the arc.
- Senior Kylan Guerra produced nine points, 11 assists, seven boards and four steals.
- Sophomore Deondre Bourne chipped in nine points.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 56.1% (32-for-57) from the floor, 33.3% (6-of-18) on threes and 80.0% (8-of-10) on foul shots.
- Jefferson held Wilmington to just 29.0% shooting in the first half and 36.1% for the game.
- The Rams dominated the glass, 40-26.
- Jefferson shot over 50.0% for the 11th time this year and the Rams are a perfect 11-0 in those games.
- It was the Rams' first win at Wilmington since December 8, 2015.
- Mallory grabbed his 500th rebound as a Ram.
- It was head coach Herb Magee's 1,117th career victory.
With five games remaining in the regular season, the Rams have clinched at least a top two seed in the CACC South Division and a quarterfinal home game. They can secure the regular season title with a win or a Goldey-Beacom loss on Saturday. The Lightning sit in second place with a 9-5 record. Georgian Court (6-8) and Wilmington (6-9) hold the final two playoff spots.
The Rams host Nyack at the Gallagher Center on Saturday, February 15 at 4 p.m.