PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (17-10, 12-4 CACC) dropped an overtime heartbreaker to the Bloomfield Bears (20-4, 15-1 CACC) on Saturday evening by a final of 86-85.
Trailing 38-34 at halftime, the Rams evened the score for the first time at 60-60 with 8:12 to play in regulation when senior Kaison Randolph nailed a three-pointer. Jefferson then scored eight of the next 10 points to take a 68-62 advantage.
An 8-2 run in the other direction tied the game back up 70-70 with 2:10 remaining. Randolph hit another three with 1:36 to give the Rams a three-point edge.
A layup from the Bears brought them back within one before sophomore Prince Hickson put Jefferson up three again with a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left.
Bloomfield's Nick Davidson hit a game-tying three-pointer to send the game into overtime with eight seconds to play. The Rams' attempt on the other end did not fall as the game went to OT.
Jefferson found themselves up 81-76 with 2:58 left in overtime. A Bloomfield layup followed by a three-pointer evened the affair at 81-81.
After two Jefferson free throws, Bloomfield evened the score again at 83-83 with just over a minute to play.
A flagrant foul with 53 seconds on the clock put Bloomfield up one with the ball.
Following a Jefferson timeout, Hickson hit a go-ahead basket with 25 seconds to play, 85-84.
But down on the other end, a Jefferson foul turned into two free throws and the lead for Bloomfield.
Jefferson attempted a game-winning shot with seconds left but could not get it to go as Bloomfield walked away with the OT victory.
All five Jefferson starters ended in double figures.
Sophomore Kylan Guerra scored a game-high 24 points on 9-of-13 from the field with four assists. Hickson finished with 18 points, five boards, three assists and two blocks behind 7-of-10 shooting. Randolph scored 14 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block with four three-pointers. Freshman Alexander Gorton had 13 points with eight boards, two assists and two steals. Senior Yevgen Sakhniuk scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with four assists including four points in overtime.
Jefferson Men's Basketball makes a quick turnaround with a nonconference game at Southern Connecticut State on Monday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Following that, Jefferson plays at Caldwell next Saturday, Feb. 17 for a matchup on ESPN3.