NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (17-11) fell to the Southern Connecticut State Owls (14-10) from Moore Field House by a final of 73-71 in the Rams' final nonconference regular-season game of the year.
After allowing 49 points in the first half, Jefferson outscored the Owls, 37-24, in the second half and tied it up in the final minute but could not complete the late comeback.
Jefferson trailed 49-34 at halftime. Southern Connecticut State stretched that lead up to 19 at 53-34 early in the second half. Over the next 12 minutes, the Rams chipped that deficit down to four with under six minutes to play, 65-61.
Following an Owl miss, Gorton was fouled getting the rebound and tied it up, 71-71, as he hit one of two from the line with 38 seconds remaining.
On the next Southern Connecticut State possession, a layup did not fall but the Owls got the offensive rebound and the putback to go back up by two, 73-71.
Jefferson advanced the ball past half court and called a timeout with four seconds on the clock. Randolph attempted a three at the buzzer, but strong defensive pressure and a partially blocked shot ended the game in favor of the Owls, 73-71.
Randolph scored a game-high 20 points behind 8-of-14 shooting including 4-of-9 from three-point range. Randolph also grabbed six rebounds, dished out two assists and made three steals.
Gorton accounted for 14 points and five rebounds as he went 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Sophomore Josh Bradanese scored 13 points off the bench, going 4-of-8 from deep.
Jefferson shot 23-of-49 as a team for 46.9%, their second-best shooting night of the season in a loss following Saturday's heartbreaking overtime defeat to Bloomfield, 86-85, when the Rams shot 50.8%.
Jefferson continues conference play at Caldwell on Saturday, Feb. 17 for a matchup on ESPN3. Action begins with the women at 1 p.m. followed by the men at 3 p.m.