PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team couldn't hold on to a 12-point second-half lead against Emmanuel College on Tuesday. The Saints came back to beat the Wildcats, 86-84, in overtime.
Emmanuel: 13-3, 1-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 9-8, 1-2 GNAC
Brian Hogan-Gary (JWU): 37 points, 11 rebounds
Bryan Davis (JWU): 13 points, 11 rebounds
Emmett Riddick (EC): 27 points 5 rebounds
With 5:41 remaining in the first half, Justin Bullock knocked down a three-pointer to give Johnson & Wales a 32-23 lead. The Saints worked the margin to three with JWU taking a 39-35 lead into the half.
Two-straight baskets and two free throws by Brian Hogan-Gary capped a 14-3 run that pushed the Wildcats' advantage to 59-47 at the 11:57 mark.
The Saints climbed back into the contest and Devin Pulsifer's three-pointer with 5:37 remaining tied the game at 68-68.
Emmanuel had a chance to win the game in regulation as Zachary Crisafulli was fouled with 0.9 seconds left on the clock, but he missed both free throws to send the game to over.
Crisafulli's three-pointer gave the Saints an 83-78 advantage and an Emmett Riddick free throw made it 86-84 with six seconds remaining.
Nate Patenaude's three-pointer missed the mark, but Danny Ampofo was followed with one second remaining. He missed the first free throw and intentionally missed the second, but the Wildcats could not get the rebound.
The loss spoiled a 37-point, 11-rebound double-double by Hogan-Gary. Also producing a double-double was Bryan Davis with 13 points and 11 boards.
After making five three-pointers in the first half, the Wildcats only made one the rest of the way. Emmanuel was 9-of-23 from behind the arc.
Overall, the Saints had the advantage at the free throw line as they went 15-of-24 from the stripe, compared to 12-of-16 by the hosts.
Leading the Saints was Riddick with 27 points while Marcus Fox had a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Johnson & Wales travels to Colby-Sawyer on Saturday to take on the Chargers at 3 p.m.