NEW HAVEN, CONN. – All good things must come to an end. For the 14th-ranked Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team, it was their 21-game winning streak. The Wildcats dropped a 102-94 decision at Albertus Magnus on Saturday.
Johnson & Wales: 21-2, 15-1 GNAC
Albertus Magnus: 16-5, 12-4 GNAC
The school record 21-game winning streak was built off defense, but the Falcons were able to solve the Wildcats' pressure in the second half. Tied at 44-44 coming out of the locker room, AMC shot 59.3 percent from the floor and 62.5 percent from three-point range in the final 20 minutes. In addition, the Falcons were 21-of-28 from the free throw line. Overall, AMC was 32-of-43 at the charity stripe.
Johnson & Wales hadn't lost a contest since the season opener, 80-74, to Linfield. During the streak, the Wildcats hadn't given up more than 86 points. The 102 points by the Falcons are the most scored by a JWU opponent since Albertus beat the Wildcats, 104-77, in the 2013 GNAC Tournament semifinals.
Topping all scorers with 35 points, including 24 in the second half, was the senior guard Quarry Greenaway (Westchester, NY). He has scored 30 or more points in three of his last four games to move up to number five in the country at 26.1 points per game. Greenaway also led the Wildcats with eight rebounds and four assists.
A Robert Lewis (Providence, RI) three-point play with 45 second left in the first half sent the two teams into the locker room tied, 44-44. Albertus Magnus went on a 7-2 run to start the second half, but the Wildcats kept it close and pulled to within three, 64-61, on a Greenaway lay up at the 11:46 mark. Unfortunately for the visitors, the Falcons went on a 7-0 run to go up 71-61 and JWU would only get as close as six the rest of the way.
Four Wildcats scored in double figures with Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) tying his season high of 18 while grabbing seven boards. Lewis was next with 15 to go along with six rebounds and Tom Garrick (Seekonk, Mass.) followed with 13.
The Wildcats will take their second crack at winning their first GNAC regular season title since 2004 when they travel to Norwich on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game.