PROVIDENCE, RI. – After dropping its last two games, the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team got back on track Tuesday. A quick start sent the Wildcats to the GNAC Tournament semifinals as they defeated Suffolk 83-68.
Johnson & Wales: 15-11
Anthony Jernigan (JWU): 23 points, 7 assists, 6 steals
Jarell Lawson (JWU): 17 points, 6 rebounds
Michael Hagopin (SU): 24 points, 4 rebounds
Suffolk wouldn't score for the first four minutes as the Wildcats jumped out to a 9-0 lead. Matt Madoian (North Kingstown, RI) knocked down a 3-pointer to push the lead to 34-17 and the Wildcats went into the locker room up 41-22 on a pair of Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, Conn.) free throws. The Rams got the lead down to 13 (73-60) with 4:40 to play but couldn't complete the comeback.
Leading the Wildcats in scoring was Jernigan as he poured in 23 points and produced seven assists and six steals. Jarell Lawson (Providence, RI) was right behind with 17 points and a team-high six rebounds. Madoian was the third Wildcat in double figures with 11 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists.
Suffolk's Michael Hagopin led all scorers with 24 points, including 5-6 from 3-point range. Thomas Duffy was next with 14 points and Jim Djema followed with 12 points and eight assists.
Both teams shot well in all three phases of the games. The Wildcats were 50.9 percent from the floor, 47.8 percent from 3-point range and 93.3 percent from the charity strip. Suffolk went 46.8 percent, 50 percent and 88.2 percent, respectively.
Johnson & Wales is back at home on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game against Lasell in the semifinals.