PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Midway through the second half, it didn't look good for the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team as it trailed Wesleyan University by 18 points. The Wildcats held the Cardinal to just five points the rest of the game and Nate Patenaude drained a three-pointer as time expired to lift the Wildcats to a 70-67 victory on Tuesday.
Gabe Millstein's jumper put the Cardinal up 52-44 at the 12:36 mark, but JWU would hold the Cardinal without a point for the next eight minutes. A Brian Hogan-Gary jumper pulled the Wildcats within, 62-56, with 6:38 to play.
Justin Bullock tied the game, 64-64, with a three-pointer at the 1:56 mark and Hogan-Gary's free throw gave JWU its first lead, 65-64. Sam Peek put Wesleyan up 67-65 with under a minute, but Patenaude answered with an 18-foot jumper.
Out of a Wesleyan time out, Gabe Ravetz missed a three-pointer and JWU got the rebound. Hogan-Gary and Chris Lugo both missed potential go-ahead shots, but the ball went out of bounds to JWU with 2.9 seconds remaining. Bullock inbounded the ball to Patenaude who hit a fade-away three-pointer in the corner as time expired.
Johnson & Wales held Wesleyan to 31 percent shooting (9-of-29) in the second half, including 1-of-8 from three-point range after the Cardinal made five in the first half. JWU was 14-of-35 from the field in the final 20 minutes, including six three-pointers.
Hogan-Gary nearly had a double-double in the first half and ended with a game-high 25 points and nine rebounds. Patenaude and Bullock picked up the slack in the second half as all 15 of Patenaude's points and Bullock's eight came after halftime.
Notching a double-double was Jordan James with 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Peek just missed the double dip with 13 points and eight rebounds while Antone Walker added 11.
Johnson & Wales jumps back into conference action Saturday when it travels to Saint Joseph's College of Maine for a 3 p.m. tipoff.