PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (4-4) defeated the Bridgeport Purple Knights (5-1) on Sunday afternoon from the Gallagher Center by a 103-81 final.
The victory was highlighted by senior Kaison Randolph who became the 55th player in program history to reach 1000 career points. Randolph made a layup with 1:41 left in the second half to take him to 1001 career points. He was fouled on the play and converted the three-point play to finish with a game- and season-high 26 points and 1002 career points. The senior shot 8-of-11 from the floor and 8-of-11 from the free-throw line. He also grabbed five rebounds, dished out five assists and notched three blocks.
The 103 points came as the first 100-point game (and 100-point game in regulation) for the Rams since the squad defeated Mercy by a 101-42 final back on January 4, 2009.
Sophomore Josh Bradanese finished with 20 points on the day on 7-of-14 shooting including 3-of-9 from three-point range. The sophomore also grabbed 12 boards.
Sophomore Kylan Guerra had 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting and seven assists in the effort.
Jefferson led 49-31 at the end of the first half. Randolph led all scorers with 14 points at the break while Guerra had 11. The Rams shot 57.1-percent from the field while the Purple Knights were limited to 31 points on 35.0-percent shooting. Bridgeport's only lead of the came in the opening minutes at 3-0. After going up 5-3, the Rams never lost the lead from there.
Jefferson came out hotter in the second half, shooting 63.3-percent on 19-of-30 from the floor to reach triple digits in the 22-point victory. The largest lead for Jefferson was 26 with 6:39 remaining the second half when Bradanese made a three to make it 91-65.
The Purple Knights came into the game averaging 94.2 points per game and a 5-0 record.
Jefferson Men's Basketball returns to action from the Gallagher Center on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. against Kutztown.
KAISON RANDOLPH 1000TH CAREER POINT