PROVIDENCE, RI – The season-opening men's basketball game between Johnson & Wales University and Babson College was so good they decided to play an extra five minutes. Nate Patenaude scored nine of his 12 points in the extra period as the Wildcats defeated the Beavers, 85-80, on Sunday.
Johnson & Wales: 1-0
Johnson & Wales jumped out to a 9-0 lead at the start of the game. Randall Ferdinand had a pair of baskets and Patenaude drilled a three-pointer to cap the run.
The Beavers worked the deficit to two but JWU built it back up to 37-28 on a Brian Hogan-Gary free throw. The Wildcats took a 37-33 lead into the locker room.
Babson outscored Johnson & Wales 12-4 to start the second half and grew the lead to as many as six (51-46) on a Brandon Johnson free throw with 12:46 left in the game.
The lead went back-and-forth with the Wildcats taking a 68-67 margin on a Justin Bullock putback with eight seconds remaining. Andrew Jaworski made one of two free throws to send the game into overtime. He led all players with 32 points.
Ferdinand had a career-high 26 points. Hogan-Gary produced his first double-double of the year with 22 points and 10 rebounds to go along with nine assists.
The Beavers had a 47-37 rebounding advantage and were 19-of-32 at the free throw line, compared to 11-of-20 by the hosts. Johnson & Wales forced Babson into 24 turnovers that it converted into 19 points.
Johnson & Wales is back at home Wednesday when it takes on crosstown rival Rhode Island College at 7 p.m.