PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team held off two second-half runs by Fisher to win its third game in a row. The Wildcats defeated the Falcons, 74-63, on Thursday.
Johnson & Wales: 3-2, 1-0 GNAC
Fisher had the lead early on, including an eight-point margin (14-6) seven minutes into the game. A Brian Hogan-Gary (Staten Island, NY) dunk four minutes later gave JWU its first lead (18-17) and the Wildcats went into the locker up 32-29 on a Donovian Maxfield (York, Pa.) three pointer.
The Wildcats built an eight-point lead, 41-33, on a Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) three-pointer with 14:42 to play. Fisher fought back and took a 53-51 lead on a Brandon Rembert three-pointer at the 7:37 mark. JWU responded with a 12-0 run, capped by a Hogan-Gary free throw, to take the lead for good.
Johnson & Wales forced the Falcons into 23 turnovers, which the Wildcats converted into 25 points. JWU also hit the offensive glass, getting 20 second-chance points from 15 offensive rebounds. Fisher's 48.8 percentage shooting, including 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from three-point range, kept them in the game.
Freshman Nate Patenaude (Smithfield, RI) led all scorers with 17 points. Lawson was next with 14 points while Matt Madoian (North Kingstown, RI) added 13 and Hogan-Gary just missed a double-double with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Jamontay Thompson topped the Falcons with a team-high 16 points to go along with five rebounds. Rembert was next with 15 points while DeAndre Pennington came off the bench to snare a game-high eight rebounds.
Johnson & Wales plays host to Emmanuel at 3 p.m. on Saturday.