STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – It wasn't the homecoming Johnson & Wales University men's basketball student-athlete Brian Hogan-Gary wanted. The Wildcats couldn't get the senior a victory in his return as JWU was defeated by NCAA Division II College of Staten Island, 75-57, on Saturday.
Hogan-Gary made a free throw to put JWU up 16-15 at the 12:07 mark of the first period. Unfortunately, the Wildcats didn't score for the next eight minutes as the Dolphins took a 32-16 lead. JWU turned the tables and limited CSI to one basket the rest of the half as they narrowed the deficit to 35-30 at half.
Staten Island got hot in the second half behind the arc, hitting 10-of-18 as the Dolphins outscored the Wildcats, 40-27, in the final 20 minutes. A seven-minute cold spell in between Danny Ampofo baskets allowed the hosts to build a 58-44 margin.
Both teams relied on the three-pointer with the Dolphins shooting 18-of-35 while the Wildcats hi 11-of-25. Staten Island shot 48.3 percent from the floor to negate JWU's 45-26 rebounding advantage.
For the second game in a row Justin Bullock led the scoring with 22 points. It's the first time in his career that he's posted back-to-back 20-point games. Hogan-Gary had 15 points and Ampofo added 12.
JWU is off until December 2 when it welcomes Bates to the Wildcat Center for a 7 p.m. tip.