PROVIDENCE, RI– Visiting Rhode Island College battled back from a 13-point half time deficit to defeat the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team, 64-62. Domonique Bull made a layup with two seconds remaining to give the Anchormen the victory.
Rhode Island College: 4-4
Johnson & Wales: 2-4
The three ball got the Wildcats out to a quick lead at the start of the game. The visitors only scored one point over an eight-minute stretch in the first half as JWU went on a 19-1 run. A Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) three-pointer at the 8:48 mark gave the Wildcats a 25-7 advantage.
Out of the break, Matt Madoian (North Kingstown, RI) and Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, Conn.) each hit a pair of jumpers in the first five minutes to keep the JWU lead at 12. Unfortunately, the Wildcats went seven minutes without a basket and RIC pulled within 47-44 on two Jovel Beckford free throws.
The Anchormen claimed their first lead, 56-55, on two Benjamin Vezele free throws with 4:26 left in the game. The lead seesawed back-and-forth with Vezele putting RIC up 62-60 with 44 seconds remaining on a tip in of his own missed shot. Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, Conn.) answered with a jumper to tie the game with 16 seconds left. After Bull's go-ahead layup, the Wildcats got the ball to Lawson but his desperation heave came up short.
Jernigan led all players with 17 points. Madoian had career-highs of 15 points and six rebounds. Lawson was the third Wildcat in double figures at 10 points.
Rhode Island College also had three players with double-digit points, topped by Jimmy Fritzson's 13. Vezele had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds as well as four blocks. Beckford added 10.
The Anchormen had a distinct advantage at the free throw line - 19-of-27 to 7-of-12 – as well as a 52-38 rebounding margin. RIC also had 14 second-chance points, compared to four by JWU. The Wildcats hit a season-high nine three pointers.
The Wildcats travel across town on Saturday for the next game when they take on Brown at 7 p.m.