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THOMASVILLE, Ga. (February 7, 2020) – Redshirt freshman Negus Hazel registered a career-high 19 points to lead the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) men's basketball team (7-14, 3-10 TSC) to a 73-58 win over the Thomas Night Hawks (6-15, 3-10 TSC) on Friday afternoon.
Hazel was one of five Wildcats to reach double-figures in scoring in the game, shooting 7-of-10 from the field including five 3-pointers. Joining Hazel in double-digit scoring were sophomores Vince Ventulan (12), Kevin Rostamian (12) and Tristan Stephens (11), and junior Jordan Martin (11).
Ventulan shot 4-of-8 from the floor while recording team-highs in rebounds (8) and assists (5). Rostamian went 6-of-10 from the field with six boards and a game-high two blocked shots. Stephens shot 4-of-9 from the floor and Martin was 5-of-9 for the game.
With the game tied at 31-all after the first 20 minutes of action, JWU used 62.1 percent shooting from the floor (18-of-29) to pull away, out-scoring the Night Hawks 42-27 in the second half.
JWU ended the game shooting 50.9 percent from the field (29-of-57) and was 10-of-21 from 3-point range (47.6 percent). TU was 25-of-54 from the floor (44.4 percent) and converted 23.1 percent of its attempts from downtown (3-of-13). The Night Hawks held a 31-29 edge in rebounding however, JWU forced 19 TU turnovers and registered 11 steals in the game.
The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Wildcats.
JWU will return to action on Saturday, February 8, taking on the Coastal Georgia Mariners. Game time is slated for 2:00 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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