RINDGE, N.H. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball (10-6) team came up just short in a 90-88 double overtime road loss in a mid-afternoon nonconference affair to the Franklin Pierce Ravens (6-6) on Wednesday in Rindge, N.H.
The loss snaps the Rams' six-game winning streak.
Freshman Alexander Gorton tied a career high with 26 points on the afternoon behind 10-of-19 shooting including 4-of-11 from three-point range across 50 minutes of action. Gorton ranks second in NCAA DII with 40.1 minutes/game.
Sophomore Josh Bradanese scored 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists.
Sophomore Prince Hickson had a career-high performance off the bench. He topped his previous bests for his first career double-double behind 16 points and 20 rebounds.
Senior Yevgen Sakhniuk accounted for 15 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks in all 50 minutes.
Senior Kaison Randolph played a big part late in the game, sending the contest to both overtime and double overtime, as he finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists in 50 minutes. Randolph is now averaging 40.4 minutes per game to lead all NCAA DII players.
As a team, Jefferson shot 29-of-76 from the floor (38.2%), 12-of-32 from three-point range (37.5%) and 18–of-26 (69.2%) from the free-throw line. The Rams outrebounded the Ravens, 55-50.
Jefferson trailed by three at halftime, 38-35. Gorton led all scorers with 15 points at the break while Bradanese had 10. The Rams connected on 43.8% of their three-pointers (7-of-16) in the first 20 minutes.
After just three points in the first half, Randolph hit a three to get the Rams back within three with 4:30 to play in regulation, 64-61. Franklin Pierce took a five-point lead with around two minutes to play after a three, 70-65. Hickson hit a pair of free throws with 1:48 left to cut the deficit back down to a one-possession game. After a Hickson steal, Randolph tied the game to send it to overtime with a three-pointer with 15 seconds to play, 70-70.
Franklin Pierce led by as many as four with 3:03 left in the first overtime, 76-72. Randolph hit another three-pointer with 17 seconds left to get within one, 81-80. After a free throw by the Ravens, Randolph sent the game into double overtime with a pair of free throws with five seconds on the clock, 82-82.
After trailing since 18:17 to play in the second half, Jefferson took a 85-82 advantage on the first made shot of the second overtime, a three from Gorton with 3:01 left. A five-point run then gave the Ravens an 87-85 lead as Sakhniuk then tied it up before taking the lead as he converted a three-point play with 32 seconds on the clock. Franklin Pierce came down the court and converted a three-point play of their own to take a 90-88 edge. With 17 seconds left, Jefferson called a timeout.
The Rams had two chances at tying the game in the dying seconds, but could not force a third overtime as they fell 90-88.
Jefferson continues its conference slate on Saturday, Jan. 6 at USciences at 3 p.m. following the women's game.