SALEM, Va. – A seven-minute scoring drought in the first half did in the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team in its season opener. The Wildcats dropped an 84-55 decision to York (Pa.) on the first day of the Dick Leftwich Tip Off Tournament, hosted by Roanoke College.
A Chris Lugo layup at the 7:16 mark of the first half pulled the Wildcats within 21-20. Unfortunately, the only other JWU basket the rest of the half was a Justin Bullock layup two minutes later as the Spartans went on a 22-2 run to take a 43-22 advantage into the locker room.
York was hot from the floor, hitting 30-of-59 (50.80 percent), including 12 three-pointers. At the other end of the floor, the Wildcats only made two three-pointers.
Over a third of Johnson & Wales' points came from senior Brian Hogan-Gary as he topped all players with game-highs of 19 points and nine rebounds. In his first collegiate game, Aireus Rasberry was second on the team with eight points.