NEWARK, Del. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (11-9, 6-3 CACC) dropped a conference matchup on the road to the Wilmington Wildcats (10-8, 5-4 CACC) by a final of 79-61 on Tuesday from the WU Sports Complex in Newark, Del.
Senior Yevgen Sakhniuk led the Rams with 18 points and 14 rebounds. The senior transfer shot 9-of-10 from the floor.
Freshman Alexander Gorton scored 14 points and hit three three-pointers in the loss.
Sophomore Prince Hickson went 3-of-4 from the floor for six points off the bench.
The Wildcats owned a 34-26 lead at halftime. Wilmington's quick start was led by Nick Richards, who the Rams did not see in their previous Dec. 19 matchup at the Gallagher Center. Richards had 15 points at the break as the Wildcats shot 55.6% in the opening 20 minutes.
After shooting 35.5% in the first half, the Rams hit 15 shots in the second half at a clip of 40.5% as Gorton and Sakhniuk combined for 21 of the team's 35 second-half points.
Jefferson had trouble connecting from distance, going 5-of-31 from beyond the arc which made the difference in the game.
The Rams only turned the ball over eight times in the affair, coming as their second-straight game with eight or less.
Wilmington led the game wire-to-wire and took their largest lead with 9:17 to play in the second half before the Rams closed the gap in the 79-61 loss.
The Jefferson women and men now host Concordia (N.Y.) on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. from the Gallagher Center.