PROVIDENCE, RI – Randall Ferdinand's putback with seven seconds remaining propelled the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team to victory on Thursday. The Wildcats pulled out a 64-63 victory over Saint Joseph's College.
Saint Joseph's: 12-8, 7-4 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 12-8, 9-2, GNAC
A pair of Ian Mileikis free throws put the Monks ahead, 61-53, with 4:06 left. The Wildcats fought back but Mileikis nailed two more free throws to extend SJC's lead to 63-60 with 27 seconds remaining.
Justin Bullock made a layup then forced a turnover to give JWU the ball back down 63-62. His layup with nine seconds missed the mark, but Ferdinand was there for the putback. The Monks had a chance to tie the game with three seconds, but Mileikis missed a free throw.
Brian Hogan-Gary gave JWU a 24-22 lead with 6:12 left in the first half, but that would be the Wildcats' last points of the half as the Monks took a 30-24 advantage into the locker room.
The Wildcats won the game despite shooting 35.9 percent from the floor – their lowest rate in a victory this season. Saint Joseph's hit 46.2 percent and had a 46-28 rebounding advantage. JWU got 19 points off 24 Monks' turnovers.
Jack Casale came off the bench for SJC to score a team-high 18 points, including four three-pointers, as well as nine rebounds. Aaron Hall was next with 12 points and Mileikis added 10
The Wildcats play their second home game in a row when they host Rivier at 3 p.m. on Saturday.