PROVIDENCE, RI – Since his arrival last season, Brian Hogan-Gary has had an immediate impact on the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team. On Saturday he crossed the 1,000-point mark of his career as the Wildcats defeated Lasell, 90-58.
Lasell: 5-15, 3-4 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 11-11, 6-2 GNAC
Brian Hogan-Gary (JWU): 36 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists
Justin Bullock (JWU): 18 points, 4 rebounds
Stefan Masciarelli (LC): 17 points, 9 rebounds
At the 6:43 mark of the second half, Hogan-Gary drove the lane and drained a pull-up jumper to cross the 1,000-point plateau. He's the second-fastest player in school history to accomplish the feat, doing it in 51 games. JWU Hall of Famer Lamonte Thomas did it in just 38 games.
Johnson & Wales took control of the game very quickly, grabbing a 14-3 lead on a Randall Ferdinand dunk just six minutes into the game. Justin Bullock drained a three-pointer to push the margin to 23 (42-19) and the Wildcats went into the locker room up 46-25.
The 36 points for Hogan-Gary is a career-high and comes after a 31-point performance at Saint Joseph on Thursday. He's the first Wildcat to score 30 points in back-to-back games since Anthony Jernigan in 2016-17. Hogan-Gary grabbed 16 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the year.
The Wildcats had one of their best shooting games of the season, knocking down 59.1 percent of their shots while holding the Lasers to 40 percent.
JWU's pressure defense was too much for Lasell to handle. Johnson & Wales scored 24 points off 18 Lasell turnovers.
Bullock was next on the JWU scoresheet with 18 points while Ferdinand dropped in 14.
Stefan Masciarelli was the only Laser in double figures as he posted team highs of 17 points and nine rebounds.
Johnson & Wales returns home next Saturday to face Anna Maria at 3 p.m. Prior to the game, the Wildcats will honor the four seniors on this year's team.