JWU’s Fils-Aime Steals 73-72 Victory from Emmanuel (Mass.)

JWU’s Fils-Aime Steals 73-72 Victory from Emmanuel (Mass.)

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2018) – A steal by Gino Fils-Aime as time expired sealed a 73-72 win for the Johnson & Wales men's basketball team (4-12) over the Emmanuel Saints (1-10) on Wednesday afternoon.

The win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Wildcats and marked the team's final non-conference matchup of the season. In a contest which saw 11 lead changes and had the scored tied six times, JWU took its final lead of the game, 73-72, on a layup by Fils-Aime with under a minute to play. The Saints took two shots both by Joe Tamburro, missing a 3-pointer and a jump shot which was blocked by Isa Brandon with 11 seconds on the clock.  Following a 30-second timeout by JWU, Fils-Aime deflected a cross-court pass for the one-point Wildcat victory.

Fils-Aime led all Wildcats with 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor, including three-treys. The 20-point outing was the second-straight for the native of Miami and his fourth of the season. Joining Fils-Aime in double-digit scoring was Brandon, who posted 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting. The native of Chesterfield, England, notched his seventh double-double of the season, grabbing a game-high 12 boards. He also notched a game-high four blocked shots. Majuan Bates led JWU with a career-high eight assists.

The Wildcats shot 43.3 percent from the floor (26-of-60) versus Emmanuel and went 9-of-27 from beyond the arc (33.3 percent). The Saints finished the afternoon shooting 29-of-63 (46.0 percent) from the floor and were 4-of-18 from downtown (22.2 percent). JWU was out-rebounded, 46-26, in the contest but forced 16 Saint turnovers, resulting in 22 points for the Wildcats.    

The Wildcats travel to West Palm Beach, Florida, to take on Sun Conference foe Keiser University on Saturday, Jan. 6. Tipoff is slated for 4:00 p.m.