PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (13-9, 8-3 CACC) walked away with a 78-75 CACC road win against the Chestnut Hill Griffins (2-16, 1-10 CACC) from Sorgenti Arena on Wednesday evening after senior Kaison Randolph hit three free throws with 1.1 seconds left.
The win marks the second in a row for the Rams as all five starters finished with double-digit point totals.
Randolph finished with a game-high 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting including 3-of-5 from deep. The senior also hit 7-of-8 from the line including three crucial free throws with seconds left.
Senior Yevgen Sakhniuk had a high percentage night, going 6-of-8 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line for 18 points. The senior also pulled in eight rebounds.
Sophomore Kylan Guerra scored 10 points with eight rebounds and a game-high five assists.
The Rams led by as many as 11 in the first half with a 33-22 lead with 7:56 to play in the opening period. Eight unanswered cut the Jefferson lead down to three with under five to go before the Griffins tied it up 43-43 at halftime. Gorton, Guerra and Randolph were all in double figures at the break.
Chestnut Hill took the lead in the second half, opening the period on a 12-2 run to go up 54-45 with 14:37 remaining. Jefferson was able to cut it to two with 12:56 left.
The Rams tied it up 59-59 after a Randolph layup at the half's midpoint. Jefferson held a 73-69 edge with 2:57 after two Gorton free throws. But the Griffins climbed back to tie it up with 1:26 on the clock.
Randolph scored with 28 seconds left before Chestnut Hill responded on the other end, leading to a Jefferson timeout with 15 seconds remaining.
Out of the timeout, Randolph rose up for a go-ahead three with seconds left before getting fouled which ended up giving the Rams the game as he sunk all three free throws.
Jefferson hit 21-of-25 free throws on the night while committing just four turnovers on the evening, a season low. Though Chestnut Hill committed just nine turnovers, the Rams capitalized, scoring 17 points off those Griffin miscues. The Rams also led points in the paint, 32-22.
Jefferson Men's Basketball travels up to play Dominican (N.Y.) on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. following the women at 4 p.m.