PROVIDENCE, RI – A strong first-half defensive effort led the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team to victory on Tuesday. Five Wildcats scored in double figures as JWU went across town to defeat Rhode Island College, 70-62.
Rhode Island College: 2-7
Johnson & Wales: 2-2, 1-0 GNAC
Both teams were evenly matched with the free throw line making the difference. The Wildcats made more free throws (14-of-25), than the Anchormen took (7-of-11). JWU's defense forced RIC into 23 turnovers, which the Wildcats converted into 27 points.
Rhode Island College tied the game, 17-17, at the 9:15 mark of the first half, but the Wildcats limited RIC to just three points the rest of the half. Matt Madoian (North Kingstown, RI) and Nate Patenude (Smithfield, RI) combined for 11 points during a 19-3 run that gave JWU a 36-20 halftime lead.
Two free throws with 12:57 remaining cut the JWU lead to 45-42. Five minutes later, the Wildcats pushed the margin back to double digits (58-48) on a Madoian free throw.
Brian Hogan-Gary (Staten Island, NY) led the way with 16 points while Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) produced a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double. Madoian finished the game with 14 points and Patenude chipped in 11.
The Wildcats are back at home on Thursday to host Fisher at 7 p.m.