PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team hung tight with Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) for the opening minutes, but a Devils scoring drought allowed the Rams to pull away late in the first half for a wire-to-wire win at Bobby Morgan Arena on Tuesday night.
After Jefferson (15-6, 10-2 CACC) scored the first six points of the game, and nine of the first 11, USciences answered with six unanswered to pull within one, 9-8, on two Brendan Crawford free throws 3:58 in.
After a Rams 3-pointer, the Devils then got as close as two on three separate occasions, including when Sean Simon made a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 17-15 with 13:05 showing.
University of the Sciences would not score for the next seven a half minutes though, a span in which Jefferson scored 14 in a row to made it a double-digit game for good.
Crawford led University of the Sciences with 12 points, with freshmen Jordan White and Simon falling just short of double figures with nine and eight points, respectively.
Danny Kelly blocked a career-best two shots.
USciences could not slow down a Jefferson offense that shot 53.1 percent (26-of-49), including 9-of-15 from beyond the arc.
The Devils host Concordia this Saturday at 3 p.m. for its Mental Health Awareness Game, part of the CACC's Mental Health Awareness Week.