Randolph's Last-Second Free Throws Seal 78-75 CACC Road Win at Chestnut Hill

Randolph's Last-Second Free Throws Seal 78-75 CACC Road Win at Chestnut Hill

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.

Freshman Alexander Gorton accounted for 17 points while sophomore Josh Bradanese had 11.

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.