PROVIDENCE, RI – A six-minute stretch in the first half turned a close game into a blowout. The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team ran away with a 106-62 decision over Rivier on Saturday.
Rivier: 2-20, 1-12 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 13-8, 10-2, GNAC
Keith Poitier hit a three-pointer at the 14:09 mark of the first half to close the Raiders within 15-7. Over the next six minutes, the Wildcats went on a 16-7 run that was capped by a Jarell Lawson tip in. Johnson & Wales took a 55-33 advantage into the locker room.
Johnson & Wales made a living behind the arc, nailing 14-of-28 (50 percent), just one off their season-high set at Rivier on December 2. The Wildcats shot 52.3 percent overall while holding Rivier to 32.4 percent. JWU also dominated the glass with a 55-37 rebounding advantage.
Prior to the game, JWU honored the team's lone senior, Lawson, and he proceeded to score 22 points and grab eight rebounds. Rookie Nate Patenaude had one of the best games by a JWU freshman in some time as he produced a 26-point, 20-rebound double-double. His 26 points are the most by a Wildcat rookie since Tom Garrick scored 44 against Lynchburg on November 24, 2012.
The Raiders had three different players in double figures, led by 13 off the bench from Issaiah Chappell. Joshua L'Heureux and Tarik Rivers each had 11 points.
Johnson & Wales goes on the road Tuesday to take on Albertus Magnus at 7 p.m.