BABSON PARK, Mass. - Before the clock struck midnight on 2017, the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team picked up one more victory. The Wildcats went on the road to beat defending national champion Babson, 78-68, on Sunday.
Johnson & Wales: 4-5
Matt Madoian: 31 points, 5 rebounds
Randall Ferdinand: 17 points, 17 rebounds
Brian Hogan-Gary: 8 points, 12 rebounds
Only down two points at halftime, 34-32, the Wildcats dug themselves a 52-42 hole just five minutes into the second half. Johnson & Wales responded with a 13-1 run to take a 55-53 lead on a Justin Bullock (Spring Valley, NY) three-point play. JWU extended its lead to as many as 14 on a Randall Ferdinand (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) layup.
The Wildcats' ability to get to the free throw line in the second half was the difference. Johnson & Wales was 14-of-17 from the stripe in the second half, compared to the Beavers' 4-of-9. JWU shot 42.8 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
Leading all players with a career-best 31 points - his third game over 20 points in the last four contests - was junior Matt Madoian (North Kingstown, RI). Ferdinand followed with a 17-point and career-high 17-rebound double-double. Brian Hogan-Gary (Staten Island, NY) added 12 rebounds as part of JWU's 47-35 rebounding margin.
Johnson & Wales gets back into conference action on January 6 when it travels to Anna Maria for a 12 pm contest.