PHILADELPHIA – The #9/10 Thomas Jefferson University men's basketball team (23-2, 16-0 CACC) topped visiting Georgian Court (8-15, 6-10 CACC), 73-59 to increase their win streak to 16 games on Tuesday night.
The Lions scored the first four points of the contest before the Rams answered with nine straight points to take the lead. Jefferson was ahead 12-6 when GCU rallied for nine of 10 points to go in front 15-13 (8:41). The Lions re-established a four-point advantage (20-16) before the Rams took over with a 24-6 run to end the half. Five different players contributed to the stretch to give Jefferson a 40-26 lead at the break.
Georgian Court outscored the Rams, 14-9, to start the second half to close the gap to nine (49-40) with 14:39. The Lions would get within nine twice more with the last time coming at 59-50 at the 10:59 mark. Jefferson then began to pull away, pouring in 14 of the next 17 points for its largest lead of the game at 20 (73-53) with 3:23 on the clock. Senior DeVaughn Mallory tallied eight of the points. GCU recorded the last six points for the final score.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Mallory posted his 11th double-double of the season, totaling 20 points and 10 rebounds.
- Senior Kylan Guerra registered 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting, 5-of-6 from three. He added nine assists, four boards and two steals.
- Senior Prince Hickson and sophomore Ja'Zere Noel each scored 10 points.
AS A TEAM
- The Rams shot 47.9% (23-for-48) from the floor, 50.0% (12-for-24) from three and 75.0% (15-for-20) at the charity stripe.
- Jefferson held GCU to 36.7% shooting in the first half while establishing its lead then shot 55.0% in the second half to pull away.
- The Rams shot 50.0% from three for the seventh time this season and it is the third time they have done it in back-to-back games.
- It was head coach Herb Magee's 1,119th career victory.
The Rams have secured the top seed in the South Division for the CACC Tournament. Goldey-Beacom has locked up a playoff spot and currently has a three-game lead for the second seed. Wilmington and Georgian Court hold the last two positions with Holy Family, Chestnut Hill and USciences still in contention.
The Rams head to Chestnut Hill on Saturday, February 22 for a 4 p.m. game.