Hot Second Half Lifts Men’s Basketball Past Rival Holy Family on Senior Day, 81-57

Hot Second Half Lifts Men’s Basketball Past Rival Holy Family on Senior Day, 81-57

PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (18-13, 13-6 CACC) closed its regular season with an 81-57 win over rival Holy Family (4-23, 3-16 CACC) on Senior Day.

Jefferson ended its four-game skid in dramatic fashion on Saturday, scoring 52 of their 81 points in the second half as the offense turned it on in the final half to secure a CACC quarterfinal home game.

Jefferson recognized seniors Kaison Randolph and Yevgen Sakhniuk before the contest. Randolph finished the affair with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Sakhniuk scored six points with nine rebounds, two assists and a block.

Freshman Alexander Gorton dropped a career-high 29 points in the victory behind 10-of-19 shooting to lead all scorers. The freshman hit 7-of-12 from three-point range including five in the second half.

Sophomore Kylan Guerra was close to a triple-double with eight points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.

Jefferson found itself up 13-4 on Holy Family through six minutes of play, forcing the Tigers to take an early timeout. With the Rams still up 20-10, HFU narrowed the gap with a 7-0 run to get back in the game, 20-17. The Tigers took the lead for the first time behind a three from Terrell Jones, 28-27, with 2:02 to play in the first. Sophomore Prince Hickson made a dunk in the final moments of the half as Jefferson trailed at halftime, 32-29.

The Rams quickly took their edge back in the second half as they outscored the Tigers, 52-25, in the final 20 minutes of play. The Rams shot 57.1% in the second half led by Gorton's 7-of-10 shooting with five three-pointers. Sophomore Josh Bradanese chipped in nine of his 11 points on the day in 13 second-half minutes before he fouled out. The Rams hit 20-of-35 shots in the second half with nine three-pointers to their credit while assisting on 14 of those 20 field goals.

In total, Jefferson shot 46.2% from the floor (30-of-65) and 41.2% from three-point range (14-of-34) in the win. The Rams tied their season high with 22 assists on their 30 field goals, led by Guerra, who tied his career high with 10.

Jefferson Men's Basketball earned the No. 2 seed in the CACC South and will host No. 3 CACC North-seeded Caldwell on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. following the women's quarterfinal matchup against Dominican at 5:30 p.m.