VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A late three-pointer sent the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team and Virginia Wesleyan into overtime. Unfortunately, the Marlins were too much for the Wildcats in the extra frame as the hosts prevailed, 86-79, on Saturday.
Virginia Wesleyan: 1-0
Johnson & Wales: 0-1
The Wildcats found themselves in a 23-14 deficit at the 12:16 mark of the first half, but two minutes later JWU pulled within 23-20 on a Randall Ferdinand (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) layup. A Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) three-pointer gave JWU its first lead of the game, 29-27.
The Marlins had an eight-point lead midway through the second half, but JWU took a 68-67 lead on a Brian Hogan-Gary (Staten Island, NY) layup. Jamari Johnson (Providence, RI) made a free throw with seven seconds left in the game, but VWU hit a three-pointer to send the game into overtime. The Marlins outscored the Wildcats, 11-4, in the extra frame.
Leading all scorers was Lawson as he tied his career-high with 27 points. In his JWU debut, Hogan-Gary produced a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double. Matt Madoian (North Kingstown, RI) was next with 10 points.
The three-point line was the difference in the game as the Marlins made 14 from behind the arc while the Wildcats only produced five. Johnson & Wales had a 55.6-40.6 advantage in field goal percentage, thanks to 42 points in the paint.
Johnson & Wales opens the home schedule on November 30 when it takes on Pine Manor at 7 p.m.