HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The ability to get to the free throw line allowed the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team to separate itself from Penn State Abington on Friday in the opening game of the Doc Green Tournament, hosted by Juniata College. The Wildcats defeated the Nittany Lions, 84-76.
Brian Hogan-Gary made a layup seven minutes into the contest to doubled-up the Nittany Lions, 16-8. The lead grew to as many as 11 (25-14) on a Nate Patenaude three-pointer at the 9:04 mark and the Wildcats went into the half leading 43-35.
Abington quickly reduced the lead in the second half and took a 52-20 advantage on a three-point play from Pernell Ghee. Rodeo Thompson's layup got the lead up to 59-55, but JWU would hold the Nittany Lions scoreless over the next four minutes. Hogan-Gary scored six of his game-high 27 points during an 11-0 run and the Wildcats would not trail the rest of the game.
Half of the Wildcats' points came from Hogan-Gary and Justin Bullock. Hogan-Gary had a season-high for points to go along with 13 boards for his fifth double-double of the year. Bullock was next with 22 points while Danny Ampofo added 14.
Both teams shot over 40 percent from the floor and behind the three-point line. Johnson & Wales had the advantage at the charity stripe, going 22-of-31 from the line compared to Abington's 15-of-19. JWU got 20 points off 13 Nittany Lion turnovers.
JWU will take on the winner of Juniata and Houghton at 4 p.m. in the championship game on Saturday.