WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Brian Hogan-Gary hit a jump shot with 0.6 seconds left to send the first contest between the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team and the University of Saint Joseph into a second overtime. Danny Ampofo hit two free throws in the final minute to give the Wildcats a 98-97 victory.
Saint Joseph (Conn.): 12-9, 3-4 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 10-11, 5-2 GNAC
Brian Hogan-Gary (JWU): 31 points, 11 rebounds
Donovian Maxfield (JWU): 21 points,
Randall Ferdinand (JWU): 16 points, 6 rebounds
Justin Bullock's layup tied the game at 86-86 with eight seconds left in the first overtime. Delshawn Jackson came down and hit a jumper to put USJ up, 88-86, with only 0.6 left. Matt Madoian threw a baseball pass the length of the court to Hogan-Gary, who knocked down the 10-foot turnaround jumper.
With 44 seconds left, Ampofo hit both of his free throws to give JWU a 98-96 lead. On the ensuing possession, Jackson hit the first free throw, but missed the second. Bullock had a chance to increase the lead, but missed both of his free throws. The Blue Jays had three shots to win the game but all three clanked off the rim.
The Wildcats built a 65-55 lead on a Hogan-Gary layup with 5:15 remaining in regulation. The Blue Jays chipped away and after Hogan-Gary made a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining, Jackson hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
The Blue Jays had a decided 67-44 rebounding advantage, but the Wildcats forced USJ into 22 turnovers.
Leading all players was Hogan-Gary with 31 points – one off his career high – including 27 in the second half and overtime. He added 11 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the year.
The Wildcats come home on Saturday to face Lasell at 1 pm.