Charlotte, NC – The Johnson & Wales Men's Basketball Team welcomed Bob Jones University to the Student Center Tuesday for a rematch of a 95-68 Wildcat victory on January 27. Although road teams were 4-1 in this series coming into this game, the Wildcats handled the Bruins easily, winning by a score of 93-75.
Rickey Porter scored the first basket of the game just over a minute into the game, and the Wildcats took off from there. JWU utilized their size inside, attacking the basket and collapsing the Bob Jones defense. This opened up outside shooting opportunities for the Wildcats, and DeQuincey Bennett connected on three straight three-point attempts to give JWU a ten-point lead at the 13:00 minute mark. Three minutes later, the margin was fourteen points at 31-17 after a Joshua Cohen three-pointer forced a Bob Jones timeout. The Bruins struggled to contain the JWU offense, and JWU's defense began to produce as well. Tramain Parker made a steal and an assist to Joshua Cohen for a lay-up preceding another Bob Jones timeout with the score reading 35-19 with 8:27 left in the first half. The Wildcat lead swelled to as many as twenty-three points in the first half, fueled by 17 points on four three-pointers for DeQuincey Bennett, 11 points and 5 assists from Tramain Parker, and 7 points off the bench from David Bargamento. After a contested three-pointer in the closing seconds by DeQuincey Bennett, the Wildcats led at the half 52-31. The second half saw the Wildcats maintain their lead and continue to play good defense, and JWU closed out the game with a eighteen-point win.
The Wildcats were led by DeQuincey Bennett, who finished with a career-high 34 points and broke his own school record (previously eight) with nine three-point baskets. Tramain Parker had a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists, and David Bargamento (12), Rickey Porter (10), and Joshua Cohen (10) all scored in double figures. JWU improves to 14-10 on the season. The team travels to #6 Warren Wilson tomorrow with the women's team for a doubleheader. After beating Warren Wilson earlier in the season by nineteen points, the #7 Wildcats look to overtake the Owls in the USCAA Division II Coaches Poll and better position themselves for a trip to the national championships with a win in Asheville. The women's game starts at 5:30 PM with the men to follow at 7:00 PM.