PROVIDENCE, RI – Anytime the Johnson & Wales University and Albertus Magnus College men's basketball teams meet it's always a tightly-contested game and Saturday was no exception. The Wildcats outscored the Falcons 51-35 in the second half for the 93-77 victory.
Albertus Magnus: 19-5, 15-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 15-10, 13-3, GNAC
Johnson & Wales got out to a fast start, establishing a 12-2 lead on a Randall Ferdinand three-pointer. A pair of Ferdinand free throws put JWU up 22-13 with 11:16 to go in the half, but the Falcons went on a 13-0 run to take a 26-22 lead on a Jaqhawn Walters jumper. Jarell Lawson knocked down a free throw with two seconds left to send the two teams into the half tied at 42-42.
A Walters' three-point play just three minutes into the second half gave Albertus Magnus a 51-46 lead. JWU responded with an 8-2 run and took the lead for good on a pair of Donovian Maxfield free throws. Johnson & Wales shot 54.5 percent in the second half while limiting the Falcons to 38.2%.
For the second time this season, the Wildcats had three players score 20 or more points, led by Lawson's career-high 28 points to go along with 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the year. Brian Hogan-Gary followed with 25 points and a game-high 19 rebounds while Ferdinand had 23 points, including 17 in the first half.
Walters led all players with 32 points and pulled in 15 rebounds. Jahmerikah Green-Younger was the only other AMC player in double figures with 10 points. The Falcons were held to seven points under their scoring average. JWU also had a 50-44 rebounding advantage.
The Wildcats are the second seed for next week's conference tournament. JWU will host a quarterfinal game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with an opponent to be determined.