Men’s Basketball Unable to Overcome Poor Shooting in First Half; Falls to Warner, 89-77

Men’s Basketball Unable to Overcome Poor Shooting in First Half; Falls to Warner, 89-77

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2018) – The Johnson & Wales men's basketball team (4-14, 2-6 TSC) could not overcome poor shooting in the first half as the Wildcats fell to the Warner Royals (13-6, 5-3 TSC), 89-77, on Thursday night.

JWU converted just 30.3 percent of its shots (10-of-33) in the first half, including 1-of-11 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes of action to trail the Royals, 44-25, heading into the break. JWU battled back, cutting the lead to just five (50-45) following a 3-pointer by Jack Joseph with 15:27 left in the game. However, the Royals weathered the JWU storm and regained a double-digit lead with 10 minutes left to play and maintained its lead for the rest of the contest.

Four Wildcats finished the night scoring in double-figures. Joseph led JWU with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, including four treys. Isa Brandon paced the Wildcats with a game-high 13 rebounds and scored 18 points for his ninth double-double of the season. Gino Fils-Aime added 16 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the floor while Nick Preradovic poured in 13 points.

The Wildcats shot 44.6 percent from the floor (29-of-65) and was 9-of-26 from 3-point range (34.6 percent). The Royals went 32-of-71 from the floor (45.1 percent) and drained 3-of-11 treys (27.3 percent). JWU was 10-fo-13 from the free-throw line but Warner made 12 more free throws, converting 22-of-27 on the night. The Royals also held a 44-36 edge on the boards, out-scoring JWU 17-7 in second-chance points.  

The Wildcats will travel to Babson, Florida, to take on Webber International on Saturday, January, 13. Tipoff is set for 4:00 p.m.