PROVIDENCE, RI – High-scoring affairs usually favor the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case on Saturday as the Wildcats dropped a 102-94 decision to Saint Joseph's College of Maine.
Saint Joseph's (ME): 13-4, 3-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 8-11, 3-2 GNAC
Justin Bullock (JWU): 25 points
Brian Hogan-Gary (JWU): 20 points, 9 rebounds
Jack Casole (SJC): 37 points, 9 rebounds
JWU trailed by as many as 67-47 five minutes into the second half, but from there the hosts started cutting into the SJC lead. A Randall Ferdinand layup cut the margin to 93-87 with four minutes to play, but that's as close as the Wildcats would get.
The two teams went back and forth in the early part of the first half. The Monks used a 22-6 run to take a 51-36 advantage on a three-point play by Ian Mileikis with 1:28 left in the half.
The visitors were hot in the first half, shooting 70.6 percent (24-34) from the floor and 4-of-8 from three-point range. The Monks shot 65.1 percent for the game and scored 70 points in the paint.
Leading all players was the Monks' Jack Casole as he poured in 37 points and grabbed nine boards. Saint Joseph's is the first GNAC team to score 100 points against the Wildcats since Albertus Magnus defeated JWU by the exact 102-94 score on February 13, 2016.
Johnson & Wales goes on the road for its next three games, starting with a January 26 contest at Regis.