PROVIDENCE, RI – Deficiencies at both ends of the court in the first half by the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team allowed visiting Albertus Magnus College to build an insurmountable halftime lead. The Wildcats dropped a 97-80 contest to the Falcons on Tuesday.
Albertus Magnus: 15-4, 4-2 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 10-11, 2-5 GNAC
Brian Hogan-Gary (JWU): 16 points, 12 rebounds
Justin Bullock (JWU): 24 points
Terry Dawkins (AMC): 22 points, 6 rebounds
The two teams went back and forth in the opening five minutes of play. JWU went cold during a four-minute stretch and was outscored 10-2 by AMC.
Nate Patenaude's three-pointer midway through the first half cut the deficit to 20-17. Another JWU scoring drought over the next four minutes allowed the Falcons to push their lead back up to 37-19 on a Rob Tindley jumper. Albertus Magnus went into the half up 57-30.
The Falcons took advantage of several fast break opportunities and worked the ball inside to shoot 51.1 percent in the first half. Conversely, the Wildcats could only muster a 29.7 rate.
Topping all scorers was AMC's Terry Dawkins with 22 points to go along with six rebounders. The Falcons had two more players in double figures, including 14 each from Davon Warner and Grant Damian.
JWU goes on the road Saturday to face Anna Maria at 1 p.m.