PROVIDENCE, RI – Anthony Jernigan hit a jumper with one minute remaining to break a 72-72 tie and drained four free throws down the stretch to seal the victory for the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team. The Wildcats defeated visiting Mount Ida College, 80-75, on Saturday for their seventh win in a row.
Mount Ida: 12-7, 8-4 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 9-8, 9-2 GNAC
The Mustangs couldn't miss in the opening nine minutes, taking a 26-9 lead on a Brendan Cunningham three pointer. Johnson & Wales went on a 25-5 run to claim a 34-31 advantage after three-straight Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) three pointers. Jernigan (East Hartford, Conn.) raced down the court and hit a layup at the buzzer to send JWU into the locker room up 40-32.
Jernigan made a three pointer at the 5:48 mark of the second half to give JWU its largest lead, 70-61. After another Jernigan layup a minute later, the Mustangs would hold the Wildcats scoreless for three minutes. Ethan Dujon capped a 9-0 run to knot the game at 72 before Jernigan broke the tie.
For the fourth time in six games, Jernigan eclipsed 30 points as he scored a career-high 33. The senior point guard was 13-of-14 from the line. Lawson was next with 18 points and added a game-high nine rebounds to just miss a double-double. Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, Conn.) came off the bench to score 12 points and added five rebounds and four steals.
Mount Ida had a pair of players in double figures. Dujon was tops at 24 points while Errald Jordine chipped in 10 and five rebounds. The Mustangs shot 50.9 percent (28-55) from the floor and had a 38-32 advantage for points in the paint.
Johnson & Wales scored 23 points off 18 MIC turnovers. The Wildcats were 27-56 (48.2 percent) from the floor and 20-25 (80 percent) at the free throw line.
The Wildcats go on the road Wednesday to take on first-place Albertus Magnus at 7 p.m.