Seniors Highlight Dominant Performance by JWU over Webber International, 88-76

Seniors Highlight Dominant Performance by JWU over Webber International, 88-76

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2018) – Seniors Eric Mendia, Gino Fils-Aime, Majuan Bates, and Antonio Ruby highlighted a dominant performance by the Johnson & Wales men's basketball team (8-19, 6-11 TSC) over the Webber International (10-14, 6-11 TSC), 88-76, during senior night on Thursday evening. 

Four seniors were honored prior to tipoff as Mendia, Fils-Aime, Ruby, and Bates played in the final home game of their Wildcat careers.

Mendia notched career highs in both points (17) and rebounds (11) for the first double-double of his career. The native Miami went 7-of-8 from the floor, including three treys, for his first double-digit scoring performance of the season. His 11 rebounds shattered his previous career-best (6) with five of his rebounds coming on the offensive end. Fils-Aime notched 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting to become the seventh player in JWU history to score 1,000-career points. The Miami product scored his 1,000th-career point, sinking a 3-pointer with 1:18 left in the game. Fils-Aime also tallied eight rebounds and five assists in the game. Bates poured in 12 points with four 3-pointers versus the Warriors. The native of St. Louis, Missouri, led JWU with a game-high seven assists. Ruby added six points versus WIU to go along with a game-high three blocked shots. His three rejections were the most for the Port Orange, Florida, native since setting a career mark of five versus Edward Waters back on November 24.

It was not only the seniors who had strong performances versus the Warriors on Thursday night. Isa Brandon tallied his 16th double-double of the year, scoring a team-best 19 points and game-high 12 rebounds. Brandon also led the Wildcats with four steals while recorded two blocked shots. Nick Preradovic finished the night with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting with all six of his shots coming from downtown. The Largo, Florida, native has now hit 13 treys in his last two outings.

JWU shot 44.0 percent for the game (33-of-75), including a season-best 18 3-pointers. Webber International was 22-of-64 from the field (42.2 percent), hitting on seven treys in the game. The Wildcats held a 45-37 edge in rebounding, scoring 21 second-chance points.   

The Wildcats will close out the regular season with a trip to Lake Wales, Florida, to take on Warner on Saturday, February 17. Tipoff is slated for 4:00 p.m.