HOLLAND, Mich. – A three-pointer pulled the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team to within one point with 38 seconds remaining against Olivet. Unfortunately, the Wildcats couldn't complete the comeback as the Comets prevailed 79-78 on day one of the Russ DeVette/Holland Sentinel Classic, hosted by Hope College.
Johnson & Wales: 2-5
Johnson & Wales found itself down 76-65 with 4:49 to play. Michael Kiser (Pike Road, Ala.) scored four of his nine points during a 2:36 span to cut the Olivet lead to four, 79-75. Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) drilled a three-pointer with 38 seconds left to get JWU within a point but the Comets were able to run out the clock.
Lawson led the Wildcats with 18 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Demani Spence (New York, NY) was next with 17 points and seven rebounds. Matt Madoian (North Kingstown, RI) added 14 points to reach double-digits for the fourth game in a row.
The Wildcats knocked down a season-high 13 three pointers with Lawson and Madoian hitting four each. Olivet had the advantage at the free throw line, hitting 22-of-25 compared to 7-of-15 by JWU. Johnson & Wales also committed 19 turnovers, which led to 27 Comet points.
Johnson & Wales wraps up the tournament on Tuesday against the host Hope.