Charlotte, NC - The Johnson & Wales basketball team wrapped up a challenging first half of the season already achieving several school firsts. The Wildcats earned their first win over a NCAA school, they played in and won their first overtime game, and they have posted 3 wins to this point in the season, which is also a school record.
The second half of the season looks to provide the Wildcats with quite a few competitive games in which the Wildcats will have opportunities to improve upon their current 3-13 record. Toccoa Falls (2-12) makes their first visit to the Student Center on Jan. 10th at 7:30pm in the first game following the Winter Break. This will be the first meeting between the two schools. JWU will make the return trip on Feb. 18th. The Wildcats then hit the road for two games over the next week as they travel to newly minted USCAA member Mid-Atlantic Christian (7-7) on 1/12, and Averett (4-5) on 1/16. JWU won both meetings with Mid-Atlantic Christian last season, and let a 7 point halftime lead get away in a 10 point loss to Averett at home on Dec. 11.
The Wildcats will host the 1st annual JWU Invitational over MLK weekend, 1/18 and 1/19, where they will face off against Valor Christian (8-3) and Moravian Prep (8-0). Piedmont International (5-5) hosts JWU for the first time on 1/22. The Wildcats will look for some revenge when William Peace (1-5) comes calling on Jan. 26th. Peace overcame a 15 point halftime deficit to claim the first, and to this point, only win in program history over the Wildcats in the first game of the Daly Seven Hotels Invitational back on 11/17. Fellow USCAA foe Warren Wilson (7-6) completes the two game homestand on 1/28.The Wildcats wrap-up January on the road at high-scoring Francis Marion (4-3). The Patriots are currently averaging over 108 points per game, and allow their opponents to score an average of 102.
The Wildcats wrap up the season with 7 games in February, beginning with a home contest against Bob Jones University (1-14) on 2/1. JWU defeated the Bruins 71-57 back on Dec. 1st in Greenville. Local rival Barber-Scotia (2-14) also tries to avenge an early season loss to the Wildcats when they come calling on 2/6 as part of a JV/Varsity doubleheader. The Wildcats next four games will be against teams they will have already faced in the second half of the season as they are at Warren Wilson, host Piedmont International and Mid-Atlantic Christian, and travel to Toccoa Falls, all in an eight day span from Feb. 9 to Feb. 16. JWU finishes the 2012-2013 campaign at Division II North Greenville (4-3) on 2/19.