JWU could not extend their Sun Conference win streak to five games as they fell to cross-town foe Florida Memorial, 87-79.
The Wildcats could not gain any momentum in the first half as they trailed most of the half. The Cats were down 33-28 when the visiting Lions finished the half on a 10-3 run to go into the break with a 43-31 lead.
The Wildcats could not get any closer than six points at 47-41 in the first 13min of the half. JWU then woke up and started to play with energy. The defense of So. Ricardo Suarez (Miami FL) and Sr. Luke Walters (Fort Pierce FL)sparked the Cats as they cut the lead to two points, 68-66, after driving layups by Suarez, Walters and Fr. Gino Fils Aime (Miami FL) as well as a deep three by Jr. Jumaoke Smith (Miami FL). JWU had the ball down two but a turnover in transition turned into a breakaway layup for Florida Memorial. That led to a 6-0 run by the Lions that put them up for good.
"We struggled on both ends all day. We only had a two or three good stretches. You can't win in this league doing that. Teams will make you pay. We did make it a game and gave ourselves a chance at 68-66 with under five minutes to go but we couldn't get over the top. We will regroup, put this one behind us and move on to St. Thomas" said Head Coach David Graham.
Walters led the Wildcats with a season-high 20 points. Smith and Fils Aime had 14 and 13 points respectively.
The Wildcats, 9-4 in Sun Conference play, host cross-town rival St. Thomas University who is 8-5 in the conference on Tuesday, February 10 at 730pm.