PROVIDENCE, RI – A second-half comeback came up just short for the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team on Sunday. The Wildcats dropped an 86-73 decision at Hamilton College on Sunday.
A pair of Justin Bullock free throws with 7:36 left in the first half pulled the Wildcats within 26-18. Unfortunately, the Wildcats were outscored 18-7 over the next seven minutes and the Continentals took a 44-29 lead into the half.
Bryan Davis made a layup three minutes into the second half to cut the HC lead to single digits (46-37), but that's as close as the Wildcats would get the rest of the game. JWU outscored Hamilton, 44-42, in the second half.
Brian Hogan-Gary recorded his third 20-point game in a row and added six rebounds. Sophomore Danny Ampofo tied Hogan-Gary with a career-best 20 markers. Rookie Chris Lugo had nine points and five rebounds.
Hamilton did most of its damage from behind the three-point arc, shooting 13-of-29 as part of its overall 50.8 percent rate. The Continentals also had a 41-33 rebounding margin.
The Wildcats return to action Friday when they take on Penn State Abington at 7 p.m. in the opening game of the Doc Green Tournament, hosted by Juniata College.