BUFFALO, NY - The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team took control in the final three minutes on its way to victory on Saturday. The Wildcats defeated Brooklyn College, 75-66, on day two of the Coles Classic, hosted by Buffalo State.
A Jeremiah Price free throw with 4:24 left in the first half gave the Wildcats a 34-29 lead. JWU would not score the rest of the half as the two teams went into the locker room tied 34-34.
Two minutes into the second half, the Wildcats built the lead back up to eight, 42-34, on a Brian Hogan-Gary layup. The Bulldogs fought back and took their first lead, 54-52, on a Jordan Wright three-pointer with 8:43 to go.
A Hogan-Gary dunk at the 3:04 mark sparked a 6-0 Wildcats run. Matt Madoian made four free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Johnson & Wales overcame 10 Bulldog three-pointers by shooting 50 percent (28-56) from the floor. JWU also had a 48-35 rebounding advantage.
Producing his second double-double in as many days was Randall Ferdinand with 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Hogan-Gary, who was named to the all-tournament team, had a game-high 20 points to go along with five steals and seven rebounds.
Johnson & Wales is off until after the start of the winter term when they host Hamilton at 3 pm on December 1.