PROVIDENCE, RI – Earlier this season, Lasell handed the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team its worse loss to a GNAC opponent in over four years. The Wildcats turned the tables Thursday night as they got out to a lead midway through the first half and wouldn't relinquish it on their way to an 83-69 victory.
Lasell: 9-5, 6-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 4-8, 4-2 GNAC
Anthony Jernigan (JWU): 31 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals
Michael Kiser (JWU): 13 points, 5 rebounds
Edson Dascy (JWU): 12 points, 7 rebounds
Armin Omanovic (LC): 24 points, 4 rebounds
The victory also marked the 200th career win for Johnson & Wales head coach Jamie Benton. In his 13th season at the helm of the Wildcats, Benton has a 200-144 record. His first win at JWU was a 76-70 triumph against the Coast Guard Academy on November 19, 2004 in his head coaching debut.
Johnson & Wales built a 34-25 lead in the first half when Michael Kiser completed a three-point play. The Lasers cut it to three points, 37-34, but Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, Conn.) drilled a three pointer to send JWU into the locker room with a 40-34 lead.
Coming out of half time, the Lasers got the lead down to five, 40-35, but Jernigan scored three points and Edson Dascy (Fall River, Mass.) added a basket to push the margin to 45-35. A Dascy layup with 9:48 left in the game staked JWU to its biggest lead, 59-43. Lasell would only get within 10 the rest of the way, including 77-67 on a Derek McMahon three pointer with one minute remaining.
Two days after setting his career-high, Jernigan reset his personal best with a game-high 31 points. The senior point guard was 12-of-17 at the free throw line and 3-of-5 from behind the arc. Kiser followed with 13 points while Dascy and Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) each had 12.
Lasell was led by Armin Omanovic as he scored a team-high 24 points. Three Lasers reached double figures, including John Powell who posted a 17-point, 10 rebound double-double before fouling out.
Johnson & Wales forced Lasell into 22 turnovers, which the Wildcats converted into 24 points. The Lasers also struggled from the free throw line, going 19-30 (63.3 percent) while JWU shot 71.1 percent (20-28). Lasell had a decided 48-36 rebounding margin.
The Wildcats are back at home on Saturday to take on Rivier with a 3 p.m. tipoff.