PROVIDENCE, RI – Darnay Gray came off the bench to score 16 of his 18 points in the second half, but none were any bigger than his final three. The senior drilled a three-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining to give the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team a 70-67 win over Fisher on Tuesday.
Fisher's Jhalen Lumpkins made a layup with 13 seconds remaining to tie the game at 67-67. With the clock winding down, Justin Bullock found Gray in the corner and he drained the shot as a Fisher defender flew past him.
Gray's three-pointer highlighted a second half that saw JWU fight back from an 11-point deficit. Jason Augliera hit a three-pointer three minutes into the second half to give the visitors a 43-32 advantage. The Wildcats worked their way back into the game and took their first lead since the opening minutes, 52-50, on a pair of Gray free throws seven minutes later.
Poor shooting by the Wildcats allowed the Falcons to take a 36-29 advantage into the locker room. JWU was 31.4 percent from the floor, including 5-of-16 from three-point range, while Fisher hit 48.3 percent. The three ball helped JWU get back into the game in the second half as the host went 7-of-12 from behind the arc as part of their overall 45.2 percent.
Fisher had three players in double figures, topped by 18 from Paul Oha Jr. Augliera was next with 14 followed by 13 from Lumpins.
In addition to doubling up the Falcons from behind the arc (12-5), Johnson & Wales had a 44-31 rebounding advantage.
JWU is back at home Thursday to host Eastern Connecticut State at 7 p.m.