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