PROVIDENCE, RI – After sputtering at both ends of the floor in the opening half, the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team got its act together in the second half. The Wildcats outscored visiting Colby-Sawyer College by 20 points in the second half to defeat the Chargers, 76-58, on Thursday.
Colby-Sawyer: 7-7, 1-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 7-8, 2-0 GNAC
Brian Hogan-Gary (JWU): 26 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists
Donovian Maxfield (JWU): 23 points
Dana Bean (CSC): 11 points, 11 rebounds
The two teams traded 9-0 runs to start the game with JWU holding the Chargers scoreless in the first five minutes while Colby-Sawyer responded with a run of its own to knot the game two minutes later.
JWU built a 29-19 lead on back-to-back Donovian Maxfield three-pointers, but once again CSC responded with an 11-0 run to pull ahead 30-29 on a Dana Bean layup. The Chargers took a 32-30 lead into the locker room.
At the 13:32 mark of the second half, CSC's Patrick Coffey made a jumper to put the visitors up 45-42, but JWU took control with a 13-2 run that was capped by a Matt Madoian dunk.
The second half was a complete reversal for the Wildcats as they shot 57.1 percent in the final 20 minutes after 34.4 percent to start the game. Defensively, JWU limited the Chargers to 26.8 percent and 33.8 percent overall.
JWU overcame 19 turnovers – which Colby-Sawyer converted into 36 points – by knocking down 10 three-pointers.
Topping all scorers was Brian Hogan-Gary as he produced his fourth double-double in a row with 26 points and 18 rebounds. Maxfield poured in a career-high 23 points, including seven three-pointers.
The Chargers had four players in double figures, led by Jourdain Bell's 15. Bean notched an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double.
The Wildcats travel to Suffolk on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tipoff.