Wildcats Hang On to Beat Albertus Magnus 75-70 in Overtime

Wildcats Hang On to Beat Albertus Magnus 75-70 in Overtime
PROVIDENCE, RI– Anytime the Johnson & Wales University and Albertus Magnus College men's basketball teams meet it's an epic battle. Saturday was no different as the Falcons erased a 15 point second half deficit, but the Wildcats were able to regroup and pull out the 75-70 overtime victory.

Albertus Magnus: 3-2, 1-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 2-3, 2-1 GNAC 

Statistical Leaders:
Michael Kiser (JWU): 19 points, 10 rebound
Anthony Jernigan (JWU); 20 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals, 6 rebounds
Devin Coleman (AMC) 22 points, 7 rebounds

Of Note:
Thirty seconds into the second half, a Michael Kiser (Pike Road, Ala.) free throw put JWU up 40-25. The Wildcats kept the margin at double digits until Ryan Pittman made a layup at the 9:30 mark that was part of a 13-3 Albertus Magnus run. The Falcons tied the game at 56-56 on a Devin Coleman layup.

Down the stretch, both teams had a chance to put the game away at the free throw line, but couldn't convert. Erik Langston couldn't complete a three-point play that would have put the Falcons up by two points. Randall Ferdinand (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) had an opportunity to give JWU the lead with seven seconds remaining, but made only one of two at the line. The Wildcats were 18-29 (62.1%) from the stripe, while AMC was 20-36 (55.6%).

JWU was in complete control of the extra period. Edson Dascy (Fall Rivier, Mass.) drilled a three-pointer to start overtime then Ferdinand added a tip in to give the Wildcats a five-point lead they would not relinquish.

Four Wildcats reached double figures, led by Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, Conn.) with 20 points to go along with eight rebounds, six assists and six steals. Kiser had a career day with personal bests of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) just missed a double-double with 13 points and a personal-high nine rebounds. Ferdinand came off the bench to score 11 points.

The Falcons' Coleman led all scorers with 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Jaqhawn Walters had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Pittman added 13 points.

Up Next:
Johnson & Wales is home again on Tuesday to take on crosstown rival Rhode Island College at 7 p.m.