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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (December 17, 2019) – Freshmen Dante Pace and Tyler Poindexter combined for 54 points as the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) men's basketball team (3-8) knocked off the (rv) Saint Xavier Cougars (9-4), 102-95 (2OT) on Tuesday night.
Pace led all scorers with a game-high and career-best 33 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor, including seven treys, and a perfect 8-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line. Poindexter contributed 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor with five buckets from long range. The product of Plano, Texas had three steals and grabbed five rebounds.
Sophomore Kevin Rostamian registered his third double-double of the season posting 15 points and registering a game-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore Vince Ventulan added 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting for his first double-digit point outing as a Wildcat.
In a game that saw 13 tied scores and 12 lead changes, JWU shot 55.0 percent from the floor (33-of-60) and was 16-of-34 from 3-point range (47.1 percent). The Cougars ended the night converting 31-of-66 shots from the field (47.0 percent) and shot 35.0 percent (7-of-20) from beyond the arc.
Saint Xavier held a 41-33 edge in rebounding, including a 12-6 advantage on the offensive glass. The Wildcats distributed the ball extremely well, recording 23 assists in the contest (second-most this season).
The win snapped a five-game losing skid for JWU improving the Wildcats to 2-5 at home this season.
JWU will host Mitchell College on Thursday December 19. Game time is slated for 7:00 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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