Charlotte, N.C. - The Johnson & Wales men's basketball team suffered its first home defeat of the season, losing 97-90 to NAIA foe Voorhees College on Wednesday at the Wildcat Center.
Sophomore guard Majerle Poole finished with a game high 19 points and 14 rebounds for Johnson & Wales (2-3), one of five Wildcats to reach double figures in scoring on the night.
Caleb Coleman came off the bench to score a career high 18 points, while Robert Hobson added 17 for Johnson & Wales. Kajuan Madden-McAfee (14 points) and Malik Bullock (11 points) also scored in double figures for the Wildcats.
Johnson & Wales opened the game on a tear, scoring the first nine points of the contest and holding Voorhees without a point until nearly five minutes into the game. The visitors would climb back as the half wore on, eventually knotting the score at 22 on a free throw by Adonis Bailey with 8:06 remaining in the first half.
Voorhees proved dangerous in transition, holding a 32-19 edge in points off of turnovers. D.J. Evans led Voorhees with 18 points on the evening while Alex Brooks and Ashton Pierce each came off the bench to score 14 points.
The Wildcats will resume play on Friday when they travel to High Point, N.C., to play High Point University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.