OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (8-5) won its fourth-straight game on Thursday with a road win over NYIT (2-9) from Recreation Hall in Old Westbury, N.Y by a final of 89-73.
Senior Kaison Randolph went off for a season-high 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting along with a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. The senior also recorded 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the campaign.
Freshman Alexander Gorton finished with 23 points on the night behind 7-of-19 shooting and 7-of-9 from the charity strike. The Jonesboro, Arkansas native also grabbed seven rebounds.
In his fourth start of the season and first since the California trip to begin the season, sophomore Prince Hickson scored 15 points and took in nine rebounds.
Fellow sophomore Kylan Guerra accounted for 14 points in the victory.
An aggressive offensive attack helped Jefferson get the free-throw line for a total of 30 attempts as they shot 83.8 percent as a team (25-of-30) compared to 10-of-20 for NYIT.
The Rams also shot 45.2 percent from the field behind 28-of-62 shooting including 54.8 in the first half (17-of-31).
Jefferson owned a 48-39 lead after 20 minutes. Randolph made five shots and four free throws for 16 points to lead both squads. Gorton scored 13 in the opening behind.
Up three at 23-20 around the midway point of the first half, the Rams went on a six-point stretch to take a nine-point advantage at 29-20.
Jefferson extended the edge to as many as 12 when Hickson scored with 4:35 to play to make it 41-29.
The Rams hit 15-of-17 free throws in the second half to help maintain their margin in the 16-point victory.
Jefferson's largest lead came with one minute left at 89-69 before winning by the eventual 89-73.
This is the fifth time that the Rams shot above 80.0 percent from the free-throw line as the team this season while 25 made free-throws is the most since the squad converted 26 against Bridgeport back on Nov. 26.
Jefferson now returns home for a midweek doubleheader with the women on Tuesday, Dec. 19 against Wilmington. In a pair of afternoon matinees, the women play at 1 p.m. followed by the men at 3 p.m.