WILMINGTON, Del. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (17-13, 12-6 CACC) dropped a road contest to the Goldey-Beacom Lightning (18-9, 14-4 CACC) by a final of 76-65 on Wednesday night.
Four Rams finished the evening in double figures.
Senior Kaison Randolph registered 19 points with six rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Sophomore Kylan Guerra notched 15 points with seven assists and a steal while going 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Goldey-Beacom scored 38 first-half points behind 13-of-29 shooting including 6-of-9 from three-point range. Jefferson trailed 16-12 with 12:48 left in the first half. The Lightning then went on a 13-0 run over the next six minutes to go up 29-12. From there, Goldey-Beacom took their largest lead of the game, 19, near the end of the first half, 32-13. Jefferson scored 15 points over the final 5:20 of the half to get within 38-29 at halftime.
Jefferson trailed by double digits for a majority of the second half until the Rams cut the deficit down to nine at 62-53 with 6:54 to play. A steal and subsequent layup by Guerra trimmed it down to seven which was the closest Jefferson would get before falling by the eventual 76-65.
SIZING UP THE CACC
With a Wilmington win over Georgian Court on Wednesday, the Rams (12-6, 18 of 19 GP) and the Wildcats (11-7, 18 of 19 GP) are separated by a game heading into Saturday's finales.
A win for Jefferson over Holy Family on Saturday secures the Rams the No. 2 seed in the CACC South and a home CACC quarterfinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 27. A Wilmington loss to Goldey-Beacom on Saturday generates the same scenario for the Rams.
If Wilmington defeats the Lightning AND Jefferson loses to Holy Family on Saturday, the Wildcats and the Rams would be tied at 12-7 in conference play. Wilmington would claim the tiebreaker and the No. 2 seed in the CACC South, due to their head-to-head record with No. 1-seeded Goldey-Beacom since Jefferson and Wilmington split their season series, 1-1. This would lead to Jefferson getting the No. 3 seed and a road game for the CACC Quarterfinals.
Jefferson Men's Basketball will host Holy Family on Saturday, Feb. 24 for Senior Day in the regular-season finale from the Gallagher Center. The women play at 2 p.m. before the men at 4 p.m.