AMHERST, Mass. – The growing pains continued on Saturday for the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team. The Wildcats only scored once in the final four minutes as they lost 73-70 to Green Mountain in the Ken Wright Memorial Tournament, hosted by Amherst.
Green Mountain: 2-1
Johnson & Wales: 0-2
The Wildcats had the lead for most of the second half, including 62-57 on a Demani Spence (New York, NY) layup with 7:17 to go. Spence made another layup at 4:13 that put the Wildcats up 68-66, but JWU would only get one more basket the rest of the way. The Eagles finished the game on a 7-2 run to seal the victory.
The rookie Spence had a strong performance in the second game of his collegiate career. He posted a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Sophomore transfer Randall Ferdinand (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) has scored in double figures in his first two games as a Wildcat. He led JWU with 15 points off the bench. Michael Kiser (Pike Road, Ala.) was two points shy of his career-high as he added 14 points. Senior Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, Conn.) recorded eight assists. Jarell Lawson was named to the all-tournament team.
Three-point shooting was one of the differences in the game. Green Mountain was 8-of-20 from the behind the line while the Wildcats could only hit 3-of-20. Johnson & Wales did have a 42-37 rebounding advantage, including 16-10 on the offensive glass.
The Wildcats open conference action on November 29 when they travel to Lasell for a 7 p.m. contest.