JWU bounced back from a couple of tough losses as they defeated the visiting Southeastern University Fire, 72-61, in the Wildcat Center. The Wildcats avenged an earlier loss this season at Southeastern.
JWU jumped out to a 31-18 lead after a downtown three from So. Nick Preradovic. The Fire answered right back with a 18-3 run to end the half which saw the Cats trailing 36-34 at the break.
The Wildcats came out strong on both ends to start the half and held a narrow lead until Sr. Jonathan Lafontant scored eight straight points to put JWU up ten points. The lead ballooned to 67-51 after a layup from Sr Ricardo Suarez and a monster dunk by Gino Fils Aime. The Wildcats would hang on the victory with a big three from Fils Aime and a layup from Suarez.
"We played with great energy after some close losses to STU, Warner and Keiser. The guys have stayed together mentally and been tough in that way. That is huge at this time of the year. I am proud of my guys" said Head Coach David Graham
JWU was lead by Suarez's 16 points and 13 rebounds. Fils Aime and Preradovic had 17 points and 14 points apiece.
The Wildcats host cross-town rival Florida Memorial on Thursday, February 16 at 7pm.