JWU squeak past Webber

Jr. Gino Fils Aime sets up the offense
Jr. Gino Fils Aime sets up the offense

The Wildcats of JWU grabbed another Sun Conference road win as they held off Webber University by the score of 68-65 in Babson Park on Saturday afternoon.

JWU jumped out to a 12-6 lead early in the contest after a basket by Sr. Ricardo Suarez.   The Wildcats went cold for a stretch and held a 12-11 advantage.   The Cats went on a mini run led by Suarez and a dunk in transition by Sr Tevis Robinson.   Suarez followed up with two huge fast break dunks on forced turnovers to put the Wildcats up 30-24 at the halftime break.

The Wildcats came out hot to start the 2nd half led by Sr Jonathan Lafontant to take a 38-28 lead.   However, the Warriors put together a 11-0 run to take a 39-38 lead.   Both teams traded baskets until the Warriors went ahead by four points, 55-51, with less the six minutes remaining,   Two dagger three pointers by So Nick Preradovic but JWU up 59-57.   Free throws by both teams knotted the score at 61-61.   JWU got a stop and capitilized with a old-fashion three point play by Jr. Gino Fils Aime to go ahead 64-61 with just over a minute to go.   Robinson then iced the game with two free throws with 2.8 seconds left for the final margin of victory.

"We gutted out a tough road win today.   The guys buckled down to get the stops and scores we needed in the last five minutes of the game.   I loved the way we shared the ball with 22 assists today.   That is winning basketball and a fun way to play" said Coach David Graham in his postgame press conference.  

Suarez led the way with 21 points and 7 rebounds.   Lafontant had 14 big points while Robinson and Preradovic had 13 and 12 points respectively.   Robinson had 7 rebounds as well.

JWU travels across town to take on Florida Memorial University at 7pm on January 26