Shorthanded Wildcats Lose Heartbreaker to #13 Warren Wilson

Shorthanded Wildcats Lose Heartbreaker to #13 Warren Wilson

Charlotte, NC – Johnson & Wales (5-19) hosted the Owls of Warren Wilson College (8-10 (Ranked #13 in the USCAA Coaches Poll) this evening. JWU found themselves shorthanded as three key contributors sat out the game. The Wildcats fought to the very end before falling to WWC 78-72.

The Wildcats started the first half hot, scoring the first 7 points of the game. The Owls were able to quickly tie the score at 7, before the Wildcats regained their momentum and a 7 point lead after Julian McCants hit a 3 pointer with 12:55 left in the half. Mistakes made by the Wildcats allowed the Owls to close the gap and retie the game at 24. A Raysean Love 3 pointer gave the Owls their first lead of the game with 2:25 left. That was part of a 7-3 run to end the half for Warren Wilson as they took a 35-33 lead into the locker room.

The Wildcats opened the half on a 9-4 run to take a 3 point lead at 44-41 with 17:31 to play. Love hit 3 free throws and then canned a jumper on back to back possessions for the Owls to give them a lead they would never relinquish. The Wildcats tried to battle back, getting to within 2 point of the Owls on several occasions, but could not get over the hump. The Owls made 4 of 6 free throws in the closing seconds to put the game away.

The Wildcats were led by Michael Daniel and Kareem Wilson with 13 points each. Jay Keller followed with 10 points. Earning 6 rebounds apiece were Robbie Sterling, Adarius Davis, and Wilson.

The Wildcats will travel to Francis Marion University on Wednesday, January 30th. Tip-off is set for 7pm.

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