SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (21-14) saw their season come to a close today with a first round NCAA Tournament loss to No. 1 seed and host institution Le Moyne from Syracuse, N.Y. by a final of 75-57.
Coach Herb Magee was making his 30th NCAA Tournament coaching appearance and fourth in the past five years.
The loss ends the four-year career of senior Kaison Randolph, who finished the afternoon with 11 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Le Moyne started the postseason affair on an 8-0 run before an 11-2 run by the Rams saw them take an early 11-10 lead. The Dolphins started to pull away late in the first half with a 15-point edge, 36-21, with 2:19 remaining. But the Rams scrapped together a 6-0 run to get back within single-digits at halftime, 36-27.
The first half saw the Rams go 50.0% from the floor on 12-of-24 shooting with a balanced scoring effort with seven points from Randolph and six from each sophomore Josh Bradanese, freshman Alexander Gorton and senior transfer Yevgen Sakhniuk. Le Moyne benefited from 13 bench points in the first half while shooting 7-of-15 from three-point range. The Rams connected on just 1-of-7 from deep in the opening 20 minutes.
The game stayed close for the early parts of the second half. Le Moyne took a 43-30 advantage in the first two minutes before the Rams cut their deficit down to six with 11:43 to play after a three-pointer from Bradanese, 50-44.
A 12-2 run over the next six minutes helped the Dolphins put the game out of reach for Jefferson with under five minutes to play, 62-46, sealing the win on their home court in Syracuse, N.Y., 75-57.
Randolph made his last two points wearing a Rams uniform with 4:43 on the clock with a pair of free throws to bring him to 1460 career points after scoring 574 for an average of 16.4 per game in his senior campaign. He leaves the school ranking No. 26 on the all-time scoring leaderboard.
In total, Jefferson shot 46.7% from the floor (21-of-45), 29.4% from three-point range (5-of-17) and 62.5% from the free-throw line (10-of-16).
Le Moyne capitalized on Jefferson's 15 turnovers, turning them into 29 points which proved to be one of the differences in the game along with the Dolphins' 32 bench points and 14 three-pointers.
Herb Magee and the Jefferson Rams end the season with a 21-14 mark. The squad earned the No. 8 seed in the NCAA East Regionals after winning the CACC Championship to grab the conference's automatic bid.