Wildcats Race Past Suffolk 94-57
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team set the tone early and never looked back in its GNAC victory on Saturday. The Wildcats defeated Suffolk, 94-57.
Suffolk: 8-7, 3-3 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 8-8, 5-2, GNAC
Johnson & Wales got out to a fast start, establishing a 15-4 lead on a pair of Randall Ferdinand (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) layups. Another Ferdinand layup grew the lead to 46-19 before the Wildcats took a 46-24 advantage into the locker room.
The Wildcats were white-hot from behind the arc, knocking down 14 three balls. JWU had its best shooting game of the year at 63.8 percent (37-of-58). Johnson & Wales was also dominating inside, outrebounding the Rams, 32-27, and scoring 40 points in the paint.
Topping all scorers was junior Matt Madoian (North Kingstown, RI) as he poured in a career-high 29 points, including seven three-pointers. Rookie Nate Patenaude (Smithfield, RI) produced his first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Ferdinand finished with 12 points and Brian Hogan-Gary (Staten Island, NY) added 17.
Michael Hagopin led the way for Suffolk, producing a team-high 20 points and six rebounds. Brendan Mulson and Thomas Duffy followed with 11 and 12 points, respectively.
Johnson & Wales is on the road Thursday when it travels to Mount Ida for a 7 p.m. contest.