JWU traveled across town and upset NAIA #23 and previously undefeated Florida Memorial, 87-75, in a Sun Conference tilt on Thursday night. The Wildcats have won four consecutive road games in the Sun Conference.
Jr. Gino Fils-Aime jump-started the Wildcats as he connected for three early 3-pointers as JWU built a 23-17 advantage. So. Nick Preradovic then stepped in with multiple threes to increase the lead to 33-25. FMU cut the lead to 35-34 until Sr. Tevis Robinson burried a 40ft three at the buzzer to give the Cats a 38-34 lead going into the locker room.
JWU scored the first baskets of the second half however the Lions answered right back with a run that put them ahead 46-42. After trading baskets FMU went on offensive blitz to up their lead to 61-50 with just over twelve minutes remaining. That is when JWU went on 17-2 burst to take the lead for good at 67-63 following a long three by Fils-Aime. Preradovic capped the run with a dagger three from the corner to put JWU ahead by seven and FMU could not recover. The Wildcats sealed the victory with great free throw shooting as they finished 18 of 19 from the line on the evening.
"This was a great team win. We took a big hit from a really good team midway thru the 2nd half but we took it and answered back" said Coach David Graham. That is great sign for us as a team. I am really proud of the leadership the vets showed as we approached crunch time. That helped us handle the moment".
Preradovic led the way with 19 points as JWU had four players in double figures. Fils Aime, Robinson and Fr. Jacques Marcelin reached double figures. Sr. Ricardo Suarez had 9pts, all in the 2nd half and a team-high 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats host NAIA #3 Warner University on Saturday January 28 at 4pm