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.
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).