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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (November 7, 2019) – Four Wildcats reached double-figures in scoring, led by senior Michael Stuart's 17 points as the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) men's basketball team (1-3) earned its first win of the season, defeating Trinity Baptist (0-4), 69-66, on Thursday night.
Stuart shot 5-of-10 from the floor and was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc to go along with a 4-of-4 night from the line. The native Port St. Lucie, Florida, hit some key treys in the second half as the Wildcats battled back from a from a seven-point deficit. Freshman Alex Doane also came up big from downtown, draining 5-of-6 attempts from 3-point range (as well as 1-of-1 from the free-throw line) to add 16 points on the night.
Sophomore Tristan Stephens registered his first double-double of 2019, scoring 16 points (7-of-12 shooting) and grabbing a season-high 13 rebounds. Rounding out the double-digit scoring was sophomore Kevin Rostamian, who scored 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting and a 5-of-7 contest from the charity stripe. The first-year Wildcat pulled down eight rebounds versus the Eagles.
The Wildcats shot 46.2 percent from the floor (24-of-52) and were 9-of-22 from 3-point range (40.9 percent). TBC converted 21-of-61 from the floor (34.4 percent) and struggle from beyond the arc, going 4-of-21 (19.0 percent). JWU held a 37-34 edge in rebounding with a slight advantage on the offensive glass, 8-7.
JWU will return home to host Point Park on Sunday, November 10. Tipoff from the Wildcat Center is set for 1:00 p.m.
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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138)
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.
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