STANDISH, Maine – A second-half offensive outburst propelled the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team to its first conference victory of the season. The Wildcats outscored host Saint Joseph's College of Maine, 54-33, in the second half on their way to the 84-74 triumph.
St. Joseph's (Me.): 6-9, 0-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 9-7, 1-1 GNAC
Nate Patenaude (JWU): 37 points, 5 rebounds
Brian Hogan-Gary (JWU): 15 points, 11 rebounds
Bryan Davis (JWU): 18 rebounds, 7 points
Nate Patenaude drilled a three-pointer with 1:48 left in the first half to pull JWU within 32-30. The Wildcats let the Monks go on a 9-0 run to end the period and Saint Joseph's took a 41-30 lead into the locker room.
Five minutes into the second half, Jack Casale's three-pointer put the hosts up 54-38. JWU turned up the defensive pressure and didn't allow the Monks to score for the next five minutes and a pair of Brian Hogan-Gary free throws made it a 54-52 game.
Casale made another basket to tie the game at 67-67 with 4:42 left, but the Monks would only score seven points the rest of the game. Justin Bullock scored seven of his nine points down the stretch and the Wildcats went 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final minute to ice the game.
Dropping in a career-high 37 points was Patenaude, including 22 in the second half. Hogan-Gary scored 13 of his 15 in the final 20 minutes and he grabbed 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the year.
JWU had a 56-37 rebounding advantage led by sophomore Bryan Davis who hauled in a career-high 18 boards. The Wildcats had 26 second-chance points off 23 offensive rebounds.
The Wildcats are back at home Tuesday to face Emmanuel at 7 p.m.