JWU could not hold on to a slim 58-56 lead in the final minutes as they fell to cross-town rival St. Thomas University 68-63 in the 17th annual Homecoming game.
JWU trailed 29-24 at the half as their offense struggled to gain any rhythm in the first frame. Sr. Tevis Robinson kept the Cats in the game as he had 10 points in the first half.
The Wildcats came out hot in the 2nd half as they tied the score several times and then forged ahead 47-46. JWU led 58-56 with three minutes left after a driving layup by Sr. TJ Johnson. STU scored the next five points before Sr. Jonathan Lafontant hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 61-61 with 58 seconds remaining. The Wildcats could not secure the stops down the stretch as the visiting Bobcats capitalized to go home with the win.
"We played well enough to win the game today but didn't make all the necessary plays on both ends consistently to beat a really good St. Thomas team. We will get better from this as we prepare ourselves for a strong conference finish. On to Keiser next Thursday" said Coach David Graham
JWU was led by Robinson with 16 points. Lafontant and So. Nick Preradovic chipped in with 12 and 11 points. Robinson also had 7 rebounds to lead the Wildcats.
Up Next: JWU travels to Keiser University on Thursday February 9 at 7pm.