PAXTON, Mass. – The last few games the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team has looked like the team that won last year's GNAC title. The Wildcats won their fourth game in a row as they traveled to Anna Maria on Monday and pasted the AMCATS, 106-71.
Johnson & Wales: 6-8, 6-2 GNAC
Anna Maria: 3-13, 3-6 GNAC
The 106 points are a season high and the most JWU has scored since putting 116 on Emmanuel one year ago to the date. The Wildcats shot a season-high 59.4 percent (38-64) from the floor and 60 percent (12-2) behind the arc. JWU produced a season-best 18 steals, part of 24 AMC turnovers, which the Wildcats converted into 28 points.
The AMCATS pulled to within 29-27 halfway through the opening period. The Wildcats went on a 17-0 run that was capped by a Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) three-pointer at the 6:43 mark to put JWU up 46-27. Johnson & Wales took a 59-41 lead into the locker room. The second half was all JWU with the lead getting as high as 40 on a Kevin Rodriguez (Hazlet, NJ) three pointer with five minutes left in the game.
Four Wildcats scored 10 or more points, led by Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, Conn.) as he scored 30 points for the second time in five days. He added five steals to take over the NCAA lead at 3.6 steals per game. Next was freshman Israel Johnson (Southampton, NY) with a season-high 16 points. Lawson had 15 points and seven boards.
Rookie Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, Conn.) had another good all-around game off the bench, posting nine points, seven rebounds and four assists. Edson Dascy (Fall River, Mass.) added 10 points and six rebounds. Matt Madoian (North Kingstown, RI) and Michael Kiser (Pike Road, Ala.) also had nine points.
The Wildcats are off until Saturday when they travel to Emmanuel for a 3 p.m. contest.