PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (6-5, 2-0 CACC) turned in a comeback victory over the Chestnut Hill Griffins (1-7, 0-2 CACC) on Tuesday evening from the Gallagher Center by a final of 66-61.
Senior Kaison Randolph scored a game-high 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting including 4-of-8 from three-point range to go along with nine rebounds.
Senior Yevgen Sakhniuk picked up a double-double behind 12 points and 11 boards on 5-of-8 shooting after getting into some foul trouble.
Freshman Alexander Gorton scored 13 points on the evening.
Jefferson trailed by 10 at the end of the first half, 34-24, after shooting 28.0 percent from the floor as a team.
The Rams owned the first five minutes of the second half, outscoring Chestnut Hill 15-5 over that time frame. Gorton scored five of his 11 second-half points during the stretch to help Jefferson tie it up 39-39 with 14:58 to play.
The two squads found themselves still tied at 49-49 with under 8:30 to play. Jefferson took a four-point lead with 7:08 to play before the Griffins put together a couple possessions to take a one-point edge with around five minutes to play.
Up three at 57-54, Jefferson called a timeout with 2:32 remaining. Randolph hit a timely three-pointer to give Jefferson a six-point lead with 2:24 on the clock.
The Griffins clawed back within three with about a minute and a half to play as Randolph struck again with a fadeaway jumper to put the Rams back up by five. Gorton sealed the win with a pair of free throws as Jefferson took the conference affair, 66-61, after outscoring Chestnut Hill, 42-27, over the final 20 minutes.
Jefferson Men's Basketball returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Holy Family for a road CACC contest at 2 p.m.