PAXTON, Mass. – The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team battled back from a double-digit deficit, but couldn't come away with a GNAC victory on Saturday. The Wildcats lost 77-74 at Anna Maria College.
Anna Maria: 8-13, 5-3 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 10-12, 2-6 GNAC
Nate Patenaude (JWU): 12 points, 9 rebounds
Justin Bullock (JWU): 19 points, 5 assists
Danny Ampofo (JWU): 14 points
Trailing 56-45 six minutes into the second half, the Wildcats tied the game at 62-62 after back-to-back baskets by Darnay Gray.
Jakai Alexandre's basket with 36 seconds remaining put the AMCATS up 74-72. JWU had two chances at tying the game but committed a pair of turnovers.
A Justin Bullock three-pointer gave JWU a 21-11 advantage at the 13:32 mark of the first half. The Wildcats were outscored 30-10 the rest of the half as Anna Maria took a 41-31 halftime lead.
Four Wildcats posted double digits, topped by 19 from Bullock. Brian Davis turned in a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double and Danny Ampofo scored 14 off the bench.
The charity stripe was the difference as the Wildcats were 7-of-10 at the line while the hosts shot 18-of-31.
The Wildcats are off until next Saturday when they host Rivier at 3 p.m.