Davidson, NC - Johnson & Wales (4-8) made the short drive up I-77 to take on the Davidson Wildcats (4-5) for the first time. Davidson used their superior size to wear down JWU, pulling away in the second half for a 105-63 win.
JWU battled Davidson early in the first half. The Wildcats trailed by only two, 13-11 at the 14:27 mark. Davidson kicked it into high gear at that point, ripping off a 13-0 run over the next three minutes to push their lead to thirteen. The hosts duplicated their 26-13 lead in the second ten minutes of the half, taking a 52-26 advantage into the halftime break.
The Wildcats showed some life out of the locker room, outscoring Davidson 21-12 in the first 5:21 of the second stanza, to trim the lead to 64-47. Davidson again responded with a 13-0 run that effectively put the game away. JWU's lone highlight in the final eleven minutes was an acrobatic Clarence Ellis layup and foul that he converted into a three point play.
JWU placed three players in double figures. DeQuincey Bennett led the Wildcats with 17 points, while Kindrick Anderson added 15, and Joshua Cohen chipped in with 10. Nick Crawford grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 4 assists.
The Wildcats return home for two games next week. Emmanuel comes to town on Monday, 12/9, while Averett visits on Wednesday, 12/11. Both games tip at 7:30pm.