STANDISH, Maine – Anthony Jernigan scored 10 of his game-high 26 points during a 16-7 second-half run as the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team went on the road to take on St. Joseph's (ME). The Wildcats came away with a 75-71 victory over the Monks on Tuesday.
Johnson & Wales: 3-8, 3-2 GNAC
St. Joseph's (ME): 7-6, 4-2 GNAC
The lead went back and forth all game with Aaron Hall hitting two free throws at the 9:35 mark of the second half to stake SJC to a 56-54 advantage. Jernigan (East Hartford, Conn.) nailed two free throws of his own then Matt Madoian (New Kingstown, RI) canned a three to give JWU a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the night.
JWU's lead got as high as nine, 67-58, on a Jernigan jumper, but the Monks chipped away and pulled within 73-71 on an Ian Milekis three pointer with nine seconds remaining. Jernigan iced the game with a pair of free throws.
Jernigan led all scorers and was one of three Wildcats in double figures with his career-high 26 points. He also dished out seven assists and nabbed five steals. Madoian also had a career-best as he scored 18 points. Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) added 15 points and Mike Kiser (Pike Road, Ala.) grabbed eight rebounds.
Johnson & Wales had the advantage at the charity strip, hitting 21-of-28 while the Monks were 12-of-16. St. Joseph's out-rebounded JWU, 41-31, but the Wildcats forced the Monks into 20 turnovers.
JWU returns home to face Lasell on Thursday at 7 p.m.