PROVIDENCE, RI – A barrage of first-half three-pointers by visiting Bates College was too much for the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team to overcome. The Wildcats could not complete the comeback as they lost to the Bobcats, 82-74, on Monday
Johnson & Wales jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead at the 17:25 mark of the first half thanks to seven points Brian Hogan-Gary. Justin Bullock hit a jumper at the 11:44 mark to give JWU a 22-19 lead, but the Wildcats went cold for the next six minutes and the Bobcats built a lead they would not relinquish.
Bates drained five of its 10 first-half three-pointers during that stretch and grabbed a 36-22 margin on a Kody Greenhalgh three ball. The Bobcats went into the locker room with a 50-34 advantage.
JWU worked the deficit under 10 points just five minutes into the second half when Bullock knocked down a three-pointer. Hogan-Gary cut the margin to 55-50 at the 13:21 mark and a Nate Patenaude's jumper reduced the lead to 71-68 with 1:47 to play. Bates' Jeff Spellman hit a three-pointer the next trip down the floor to push the lead back to six and the Bobcats went 8-of-9 from the free throw line to seal the victory.
While the visitors weren't as hot from three-point range in the second half, Bates' 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) was the difference. The Wildcats went 6-of-16 from behind the arc and committed 17 turnovers.
Hogan-Gary and Bullock accounted for 75 percent of JWU's scoring with 28 points each. Patenaude came off the bench to score seven points and grab six rebounds.
Conversely, Bates had a very balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures. Greenhalgh had a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double. Spellmen was next with 18 points.
The Wildcats get back on the court Saturday when they host Mitchell at 3 p.m.