PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A six-minute breakdown on both ends of the court cost the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team its Great Northeast Athletic Conference opener versus Regis College. The Pride outscored the Wildcats, 58-44, in the second half on their way to an 87-79 win over the Wildcats on Saturday.
Regis: 4-9, 1-0 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 7-6, 0-1 GNAC
Brian Hogan-Gary (JWU): 23 points, 10 rebounds
Nate Patenaude (JWU): 17 points, 8 rebounds
Devante Thompson (RC): 25 points
A Nate Patenaude jumper with 3:23 left in the first half put the Wildcat up 25-18. Dimitri Rosa nailed back-to-back three-pointers to pull the Pride within one. Three-pointers by Deji Johnson and Danny Ampofo gave the Wildcats a 35-29 halftime advantage.
JWU maintained a seven-point advantage until Regis went on a 17-2 run that included 13 of Devante Thompson's game-high 25 points. A three-point play by Thompson pushed the lead to 55-44 with 12:53 to play. The Wildcats couldn't get the lead under six the rest of the game.
Regis shot 56.8 percent (21-of-37) in the second half – 47.1 percent overall – including 7-of-12 from three-point range. Overall, the Pride made 10 three-pointers. Regis forced the Wildcats into 13 turnovers.
Senior guard Brian Hogan-Gary logged his eighth game in a row with at least 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double. Patenaude and Justin Bullock were next with 17 points and Ampofo came off the bench to add 15.
Twenty-three of Thompson's points came in the final 20 minutes. Regis had four of its five starters in double figures, including Juvens Dalger who had a 14-point, 15-rebound double-double.
The Wildcats are back on the court Sunday when they travel to NCAA Division I foe Yale University for a 2 p.m. start.