PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (16-9, 11-3 CACC) defeated the Felician Golden Falcons (9-12, 6-7 CACC) by a final of 60-56 from the Gallagher Center on Saturday evening.
The win came as the fifth straight for the Rams.
With a Jefferson victory and a Georgian Court overtime loss at Post on Saturday, the Rams officially clinched a berth to a CACC Championship quarterfinals matchup later this month. The final five regular-season conference matchups will determine seeding as Jefferson currently sits atop the CACC South at 11-3.
Four of the five Jefferson starters finished in double figures in the win.
Senior Yevgen Sakhniuk ended up with a team-high 15 points behind 7-of-13 shooting with four rebounds. 10 of Sakhniuk's 15 came in the second half on 5-of-8 from the floor. The senior also chipped in four blocks defensively.
Fellow senior Kaison Randolph scored 14 points with a team-high nine boards.
Sophomore Kylan Guerra went 4-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line for 13 points to go along with four steals and four assists.
Freshman Alexander Gorton accounted for 13 points on the afternoon with five rebounds.
Sophomore Prince Hickson made two dunks and a free throw for five points off the bench.
Jefferson led the low-scoring first half, 26-20, at the break. Both teams struggled from the floor as the Rams shot 10-of-27 while the Golden Falcons went 9-of-31.
Felician outscored Jefferson in the second half, 36-34, but the Rams walked away with the close victory. The Golden Falcons started the period on a 13-4 run to take a 33-30 advantage with 15:02 to play. Felician kept the lead until Sakhniuk made a layup with 11:02 left as the Rams went up 36-35.
The lead switched hands a few times over the next couple minutes before Jefferson gained the advantage for good with 9:18 remaining. The Rams went up by as many as six, but Felician kept it close, typically within a possession.
With 12 seconds remaining, Felician's Gjaimeir Standford, who ended with a game-high 26 points, banked in a three-pointer to cut the edge down to two. Randolph iced the game with a pair of free throws for the four-point victory, 60-56.
Felician had 16 turnovers which turned into 17 points for Jefferson in the win.
Jefferson Men's Basketball hosts USciences at the Gallagher Center on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. following the women's 6 p.m. contest.