PROVIDENCE, RI – A second-half push was enough to get the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team a victory on Tuesday. The Wildcats saw their double-digit lead diminish, but they made their free throws during crunch time to defeat Fisher, 64-62.
Johnson & Wales had a 26-18 lead at the 5:04 mark of the first half on a pair of Matt Madoian free throws. The Falcons rallied to take a 33-29 advantage, but Brian Hogan-Gary drilled a three-pointer right before the buzzer to cut the lead to 33-32 at the half.
The Wildcats made a run midway through the second half as they outscored the Falcons, 15-1, to take a 52-41 lead on a Madoian layup with 11:44 left in the game.
After a Jeremiah Price put back, JWU went four minutes without a basket and that allowed Fisher to pull within 57-55 with 1:52 to play. Deji Johnson hit a three-pointer and the Wildcats made all four of their free throws to seal the victory.
Producing his second double-double in a row, and fifth of the year, was Hogan-Gary with a game-high 19 points and career-best 17 rebounds. Donovian Maxfield added 13 points and six assists.
JWU forced the Falcons into 15 turnovers which the hosts converted into 21 points. Fisher struggled from the free throw line, hitting 7-of-15.
Johnson & Wales is on the road December 29 when it takes on McDaniel at the Al Senavitis Memorial Tournament, hosted by DeSales University.