Wildcats Fall to Conquistadors in Home Opener, 87-67

Wildcats Fall to Conquistadors in Home Opener, 87-67

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2018)
– Despite four Wildcats scoring in double-figures, the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) men's basketball team (0-3) fell to the Florida National Conquistadors (3-3), 87-67, on Tuesday night at the Wildcat Center.

The Wildcats struggled in the first half, shooting just 27.0 percent from the floor. FNU drained 16-of-33 shots (48.5 percent) in the first 20 minutes to take a 19-point lead into the break. The Wildcats kept pace with the Conquistadors in the second half but, could not overcome the slow start.

JWU was led by junior Michael Stuart, who posted 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range. Freshman Dwayne Adams added 14 points going 6-of-12 from the floor. The native of Miami also grabbed six boards. Senior Jacknelson Joseph poured in 13 points while junior Sidney Alcena contributed 11. Joseph produced a team-best six assists versus FNU. Freshman Tristan Stephens tallied a team-high eight rebounds.

The Wildcats shot 32.9 percent from the floor in the contest and were 13-of-44 (29.5 percent) from downtown. The Conquistadors had the hot hand, shooting 47.1 percent for the game and were 14-of-29 from beyond the arc (48.3 percent). FNU held a 60-39 advantage in rebounding and scored 23 fast-break points.   

JWU will take on FIU in an exhibition contest on Friday, November 9. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.