Men’s Basketball Stages Epic Second-Half Comeback to Defeat USciences in CACC Semifinals, 68-49

Men’s Basketball Stages Epic Second-Half Comeback to Defeat USciences in CACC Semifinals, 68-49

PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (20-13) staged an epic second-half comeback on Saturday evening from the Gallagher Center at the Jefferson-hosted CACC Semifinals over USciences, 68-49.

The win gives head coach Herb Magee his fifth-straight 20 win season. In his 51 seasons at the school, Magee now has 35 20-win seasons.

The No. 2 CACC South-seeded Jefferson now squares up against No. 2 CACC North-seeded Dominican on Sunday, March 4 in the conference championship game at 2:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.

Jefferson came out a little flat in the first half on Saturday, connecting on just 6-of-26 shots in the opening 20 minutes.

But the Rams turned it around in the second half to shoot 65.5% from the floor in the final period, making 19-of-29 with assists on 11 of those 19 makes.

Trailing by seven at halftime, 23-16, the Rams outscored the Devils, 52-26, in the second half to win by 19.

Jefferson started the second half on a 13-0 run to go up 29-23. Midway through the half, the Rams stretched that six-point lead to 15, 47-32. The Rams took their largest lead of the night with 7:05 to play when they went up by 22.

Senior Kaison Randolph was 0-of-6 in the first half but 8-of-10 in the second half to finish with a game-high 22 points. He finished 6-of-7 from three-point range.

Senior Yevgen Sakhniuk finished with 14 points and a game-high 14 boards. Freshman Alexander Gorton also scored 14 points on the evening with six rebounds.

Sophomore Josh Bradanese accounted for 12 points while fellow sophomore Kylan Guerra had four points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals.

In total, Jefferson shot 45.5% from the field (25-of-55), 57.9% from three-point range (11-of-19) and 77.8% from the free-throw line (7-of-9).