Men’s Basketball Turns Up Second Half Defense in 74-55 Win Over AMCATS

Men’s Basketball Turns Up Second Half Defense in 74-55 Win Over AMCATS

PROVIDENCE, RI – It was a tale of two different halves on Tuesday for the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team. Following a lackluster performance in the opening 20 minutes, the Wildcats got the defense rolling in the second half as they pulled away for a 74-55 victory against Anna Maria College.

Anna Maria: 4-18, 4-11 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 11-9, 11-3 GNAC

Statistical Leaders:
Anthony Jernigan (JWU): 18 points, 4 steals
Jarell Lawson (JWU): 13 points, 7 rebounds
Mike Rapoza (AMC): 15 points, 10 rebounds

Of Note:
Edson Dascy (Fall River, Mass.) hit a 3-pointer to put JWU up 15-11 at the 14:09 mark of the first half. However, the Wildcats wouldn't make another basket for nearly six minutes as the AMCATS built up a 21-15 margin on a Mike Rapoza layup.

The Johnson & Wales full court press caused problems for Anna Maria as the Wildcats went on a 13-2 run during the first five minutes of the half to take a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way. JWU limited the AMCATS to six field goals (6-27) in the second half while shooting 57.7 percent (15-26) itself.

Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Anthony Jernigan's (East Hartford, Conn.) game-high 18 points. He had 12 points and four steals in the second half alone. Dascy was next at 15 points while Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) added 13 points and seven rebounds. Matt Madoian (North Kingstown, RI) produced 12 points.

Rapoza had a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead the AMCATS. Kenneth Graham also scored 15 points while David Jean-Louis tossed in 10 points. Anna Maria had a 41-33 advantage on the boards.

JWU was accurate from the free throw line and behind the arc. The Wildcats hit 15-16 (93.8) at the charity stripe and were 7-18 (38.9) from three-point range. Conversely, the AMCATS only knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and were 16-30 (53.3 percent) from the line, including 12-24 in the second half.

Up Next:
The Wildcats are back at home on Thursday when they take on Norwich at 7 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for January 7 but had to be moved due to inclement weather.