Men’s Basketball Prevails Over Crosstown Rival Holy Family Behind Guerra’s Game Winner, 54-52

Men’s Basketball Prevails Over Crosstown Rival Holy Family Behind Guerra’s Game Winner, 54-52

PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (7-5, 3-0 CACC) defeated the Holy Family Tigers (1-7, 0-3 CACC) behind a game-winning three-pointer from sophomore Kylan Guerra with under 20 seconds to play on Saturday afternoon in northeast Philadelphia, 54-52.

Including his go-ahead three-pointer, Guerra finished with a team-high 13 points while also dishing out five assists and grabbing four rebounds. The sophomore made 4-of-8 attempts from three-point range.

Freshman Alexander Gorton finished with 12 points and six rebounds while senior Yevgen Sakhniuk also accounted for 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Senior Kaison Randolph scored 10 points on the day while grabbing six boards.

Guerra, Gorton, Randolph and Sakhniuk played all 40 minutes in the victory.

Jefferson had a slight 34-30 edge heading into halftime. Sakhniuk led the Rams with 12 points at the break on 6-of-10 shooting.

The Rams jumped out to an early 9-3 lead. Jefferson widened the advantage up to 22-13 with under 10 minutes remaining in the opening period. Holy Family closed the gap down to one at 24-23 with just under seven minutes to play. A 10-3 run by the Rams over the next four-plus minutes gave Jefferson an eight-point lead. The Tigers ended the half on a quick 4-0 run over the final 1:22 to trim the Jefferson lead down to four at the half.

Holy Family started the second half on a 12-2 run to take a 42-35 advantage with 12:24 to play. A three from Guerra followed by a layup from sophomore Prince Hickson cut the deficit down to two, 42-40.

After falling behind again by as many as eight at 48-40 with 5:12 remaining, the Rams tied it up at 48-48 after three-straight baskets: a three from Gorton, a jumper by Randolph and another three from Guerra.

A HFU turnover with 46 seconds gave Jefferson the ball. Out of a timeout with 24 seconds to play, Guerra hit the go-ahead shot, a three-pointer from straightaway, to give the Rams the 51-48 edge. Jefferson then fouled with four seconds left to take away the Tiger's chance at a game-tying three. The Rams won by the eventual 54-52 after both teams shot free throws before time expired.

Guerra scored 10 of his 13 points on the day in the second half, accounting for half of the Rams' production over the final 20 minutes.

The win moves Jefferson to 3-0 in conference play after three-straight CACC victories over Georgian Court, Chestnut Hill and Holy Family. Jefferson has now won its last five of six.

Jefferson Men's Basketball hits the road again on Thursday, Dec. 14 at NYIT for a nonconference matchup beginning at 7 p.m.