PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Strong play on both ends of the floor in the second half led the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team to its third win in a row. The Wildcats beat crosstown rival Rhode Island College, 92-81, on Wednesday.
Rhode Island College: 9-2
Johnson & Wales: 7-4
Brian Hogan-Gary (JWU): 32 points, 13 rebounds
Nate Patenaude (JWU): 19 points, 10 rebound
Bryan Davis (JWU): 10 points 12 rebounds.
JWU allowed the Anchormen to jump out to a 9-0 lead just two minutes into the contest. The Wildcats worked their way back into the game and got the lead down to two after five-straight points from Brian Hogan-Gary and a Bryan Davis free throw. Hogan-Gary's layup just before the half cut the RIC lead to 36-34 at the intermission.
Justin Bullock's three-pointer at the 16:26 mark of the second half gave JWU its first lead of the game, 43-42. The Anchormen answered with an 11-0 run to regain the lead, 58-48. From there it was JWU's turn to go on a run.
Nate Patenaude scored 10 of his 19 points during a 13-2 run and his dunk with 8:05 left gave the Wildcats a 61-60 lead they would not relinquish. JWU went 16-of-20 from the free throw line down the stretch to preserve the victory.
Leading all scorers with his second 30-point game in a row was Hogan-Gary as he poured in 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for a third double-double in a row. Patenaude snarred 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the year and Davis made it three double-doubles with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
JWU shot 48.5 percent in the second half, including 57.1 percent from three-point range. They held the Anchormen to just 34.2 percent from the floor in the second stanza.
The Wildcats forced RIC into 19 turnovers, which JWU turned into 19 points.
Johnson & Wales will take some time off for the holiday break and return in 2020 when it travels to Division I Brown University on January 7.