BOSTON – After a good opening half, the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team couldn't hold on for victory Tuesday at Emmanuel. The Wildcats dropped a 73-66 decision to Saints.
Emmanuel: 2-13, 1-5 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 7-7, 4-2 GNAC
Randall Ferdinand: 22 points, 6 rebounds
Nate Patenaude: 12 points, 9 rebounds
Matt Madoian: 10 points, 6 rebounds
Randall Ferdinand (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) put in a layup with two minutes left in the first half to give the Wildcats a 34-33 lead going into the locker room. Unfortunately, the Wildcats would only score eight points in the first 10 minutes of the second half as Emmanuel built 47-42 advantage. A pair of Ferdinand free throws pulled JWU within 65-60 with two minutes remaining, but Johnson & Wales couldn't close the game.
Leading the Wildcats with a career-high 22 points was Ferdinand. Freshman Nate Patenaude (Smithfield, RI) just missed his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Matt Madoian (North Kingstown, RI) was the third JWU player in double figures with 10 points.
Johnson & Wales shot 37.5 percent (12-of-32) in the second half while allowing the Saints to hit 51.9 percent (14-of-27). Emmanuel also had the advantage at the free throw line, knocking down 14-of-16 while the Wildcats were 8-of-17.
Johnson & Wales is at home Thursday to take on #19 Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m.