Late Push by the Warriors Leads to 81-69 Loss for Wildcats

Late Push by the Warriors Leads to 81-69 Loss for Wildcats

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2018)
– Trailing 71-69 with 2:48 left in the game, the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) men's basketball team (0-12) were unable to regain the lead as Sterling (Kan.) closed out the game on a 10-0 run, defeating the Wildcats, 81-69, on Monday evening.

In a contest which saw six lead changes and had the score tied six different times, JWU could not overcome a second half in which the Warriors shot 60.0 percent from the floor (15-of-25) and were 13-of-15 from the free-throw line. After a hot start in the first half (JWU shot 54.8 percent from the floor), the Wildcats made 10-of-25 from the field and was 4-of-10 from the free-throw line in the final 20 minutes.

JWU was led by freshman Tristan Stephens, who posted 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Fellow freshman Dwayne Adams added 17 points on 5-of-14 shooting while dishing out a team-high four assists. Sophomore Jordan Martin, who made the first start of his JWU career, poured in 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor. Junior Dylan McHugh rounded out the leading scorers with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including three treys. Junior Willem Vermylen led the Wildcats with seven boards and registered three blocked shots.   

The Wildcats ended the night shooting 48.2 percent from the floor (27-of-56) and were 9-of-25 from 3-point range (36.0 percent). Sterling shot 49.1 percent from the field (26-of-53) and converted 30.4 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc (7-of-23). The biggest difference was at the charity stripe where the Warriors made 22-of-25 from the line (88.0 percent) to just 6-of-13 for the Wildcats (46.2 percent).

The Wildcat will host Mitchell College on Wednesday, December 19. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.