PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team got back in the win column on Saturday. The Wildcats made enough free throws down the stretch to beat Mitchell College, 94-89.
The Wildcats opened a 33-20 lead at the 7:28 mark of the first half on a Brian Hogan-Gary dunk. The Mariners would outscore the Wildcats 22-9 the rest of the period and tied the game, 42-42, at the half on an Alfonzo Stokes jumper at the buzzer.
It was another fast start for the Wildcats as they started the second stanza on a 21-11 stretch that was capped by a Justin Bullock three-point play at the 11:17 mark.
Nate Patenaude's layup with 2:37 remaining pushed the JWU margin to 86-71, but Mitchell did not quit. The Wildcats were only 6-of-10 down the stretch at the free throw line, but time expired before the Mariners could pull even.
Leading all scorers with his fourth 20-point game in a row was Bullock as he poured in 26 points. Next was Hogan-Gary at 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Patenaude produced a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double and Danny Ampofo added a dozen.
Nearly every Mitchell starter reached double figures, topped by 21 from Matt Finke. Jalen Benson was next at 19 and Hasani Williams chipped in 12.
Defense was not at a premium as both teams shot over 50 percent with the Mariners holding a 60-to-53.1 advantage. JWU dropped in 10 three-pointers and went 16-of-25 from the line.
JWU is right back on the court Sunday to play at Hamilton for a 4 p.m. tipoff.