PAXTON, Mass. – The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team overcame a halftime deficit to remain undefeated during GNAC play. The Wildcats went on the road to defeat Anna Maria, 71-66, on Saturday.
Anna Maria: 3-9, 0-3
Johnson & Wales: 6-5, 3-0 GNAC
A tip-in by senior Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) 19 seconds into the second half ignited a 12-0 Wildcat run that erased a 38-31 halftime deficit. It also gave Lawson 1,000 points for his career. He's the 11th player in school history to reach the mark.
The AMCATS momentarily regained the lead at the 12:08 mark, but Brian Hogan-Gary (Staten Island, NY) knocked down a pair of free throws 30 seconds later and JWU would not trail the rest of the way. The lead grew to as many as 68-59 on a Donovian Maxfield (York, Pa.) three-pointer. Maxfield came off the bench to score a season-high 13 points.
Hogan-Gary led all players with 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 10 steals. It's the first triple-double by a Wildcat since Lamonte Thomas had 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 94-86 win at Albertus Magnus on January 25, 2011.
Johnson & Wales forced Anna Maria into 25 turnovers, which the Wildcats converted into 24 points. JWU shot 10 percent better (43.1-to-33.3) than the AMCATS to make up for a 43-29 rebounding discrepancy.
The Wildcats are on the road Tuesday when they travel to Saint Joseph's for a 7 p.m. tip.