Career Highs for Both Preradovic and Fils-Aime Not Enough in 100-92 Loss to No. 20 Dakota Wesleyan

Career Highs for Both Preradovic and Fils-Aime Not Enough in 100-92 Loss to No. 20 Dakota Wesleyan

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 20, 2017)Nick Preradovic scored a career-high 37 points to go along with a career-high-tying 21 points for Gino Fils-Aime as the Johnson & Wales men's basketball team (3-12) fell to No. 20 Dakota Wesleyan (11-5), 100-92, on Wednesday afternoon.

The game was the second for both teams in this year's Marietta Rappaport Holiday Classic hosted by Keiser University.

Preradovic, who set a career mark in points last week at Florida National (35), converted 13-of-20 shots and was 6-of-11 from 3-point range for his third-30-point game of the season. Fils-Aime was 6-of-11 from the floor and made 7-of-11 free-throw attempts to tie his previous career high set versus Florida Memorial earlier this season. Isa Brandon led the Wildcats with nine rebounds and had team-bests in steals (4) and blocked shots (2).

JWU led most of the first half, shooting 69.6 percent from the floor and was 11-of-13 from the free-throw line to take a three-point lead heading into halftime, 47-44. Preradovic scored 29 of his 37 points in the first 20 minutes of action. The Tigers came out in the second half and regained the lead up by as many as 16 points. JWU chipped away at the DWU lead but could get no closer than five points (97-92 with 28 seconds left in the game) before a pair of made free-throws by the Tigers' Trae Vandeberg finalized the score, 100-92.

For the game, JWU shot 55.2 percent from the floor (32-of-58) and 39.3 percent from 3-point range (11-of-28). The Tigers finished the afternoon converting 51.5 percent of their shots (34-of-66) and drained 16-of-29 treys (55.2 percent). DWU held a 39-24 edge in rebounding and a 15-2 advantage in second-chance points.

The loss marked the Wildcats' third straight.

JWU will close out its non-conference schedule, hosting Emmanuel (Mass.) on Wednesday, January 3. Tipoff from the Wildcat Center is set for 4:00 p.m.