PROVIDENCE, RI – A strong second-half shooting performance led visiting Gordon to victory over the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team on Tuesday. The Scots got off to a fast start in the final 20 minutes on their way to an 88-80 defeat of the Wildcats.
Johnson & Wales: 4-3
Johnson & Wales built a 28-19 lead at the 5:49 mark of the first half when Matt Madoian (North Kingstown, RI) drilled a three-pointer. The Scots worked their way back into the game and took a 35-34 lead on a pair of Garrisson Duvivier free throws with 1:53 left in the half. A Madoian jumper sent JWU into the locker room with a 38-36 lead.
The visitors turned the tide in the second half, getting out to a 65-56 advantage on a Duvivier jumper at the 12:22 mark. A Brian Hogan-Gary (Staten Island, NY) basket cut the lead to 81-79 with two minutes remaining, but the Wildcats could only muster one more point the rest of the way.
Johnson & Wales had a hard time stopping Gordon's offense in the second half. The Scots shot 53.6 percent from the floor, including 50 percent from three-point range. Gordon was also 18-of-23 from the free throw line in the second half while the Wildcats hit 8-of-13. JWU struggled from three-point range, shooting 8-of-31 and shot 61.5 percent from the free throw line.
Madoian did his best to keep the Wildcats in the game, scoring a career-high 24 points. Hogan-Gary produced a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double. Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) added 12 points and only needs 14 more to become the 11th player in school history to score 1,000 points.
The Scots had four players in double figures, led by Duvivier with 27 and 24 more from Eric Demers. Jaren Yang added 13 and Josh Riberio had 10.
Johnson & Wales goes on the road this weekend to take part in the Luck Stone Holiday Classic, hosted by Hampden-Sydney College.