BUFFALO, NY – The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team got an early test at the Coles Classic, hosted by Buffalo State University. The Wildcats made a second-half run, but lost 88-79 to #20 John Carroll on Friday.
#20 John Carroll: 1-0
Johnson & Wales: 1-2
Midway through the first half, the Wildcats found themselves down 26-16. A Matt Madoian three-pointer at the 8:53 mark cut the lead to 28-26, but the Blue Streaks responded and took a 44-38 lead into the locker room.
The Wildcats made a run to start the second half and took a 49-48 lead on a Brian Hogan-Gary layup at the 16:48 mark. Another Hogan-Gary layup with 3:29 tied the game, but JCU finished on a 12-3 run to seal the victory.
The Blue Streaks did their damage from three-point range, hitting 11 threes compared to five by the Wildcats. John Carroll also had a 50-37 rebounding advantage.
Johnson & Wales wraps up the Coles Classic on Saturday when it takes on Brooklyn at 4 p.m.