JWU rallied multiple times on the road however they couldn't get over the hump eventually falling to Ave Maria University 92-88.
The Wildcats and Gyrenes were both red-hot with their shooting in the early going but AMU would string together a 10-2 run late in the first half to go up 45-34. However a late three by Sr. Ricardo Suarez cut the deficit to 45-37 at the break.
JWU cut into the lead early in the 2nd half but the Gyrenes heated up from the field again as they built a 64-48 lead. The Wildcats would not fold though. They answered with a 14-2 run to trim the lead to 66-62 with just over ten minutes to go. The game was nip and tuck the rest of the way. JWU trailed 88-84 with just over a minute remaining and had the ball. A long three by Sr. TJ Johnson back rimmed. JWU scored two quick buckets after two free throws by the Gyrenes and trailed 90-88 with 9.4 seconds left. JWU fouled immediately but AMU sank both free throws to seal the win.
"I told the guys after the game that the Sun Conference schedule is ridiculously tough. Every game is a dogfight and this one was no different. We need to get some consistency going on both ends to pull out these close ones. We will get there as a group. We are young in a lot of ways in terms of experience so it will take a little time playing together to start really clicking" said Coach David Graham.
Johnson led JWU with a career-high 29 points while Suarez dropped in 18 points. Suarez led the team in rebounding with 8. Johnson also had 5 assists on the evening.
The Wildcats host Sun Conference foe Webber International University at 4pm on Saturday December 3.