Charlotte, N.C. - A late three-pointer by Berkeley College's Michael Taylor denied the Johnson & Wales men's basketball team a memorable win on Saturday, as the Wildcats fell 85-84 at the Wildcat Center in the final game of the JWU Cup.
Taylor connected with five seconds remaining in regulation to lift top-ranked Berkeley (14-1), the two-time defending USCAA National Champions.
For Johnson & Wales (4-11), the loss marks the third time this month the Wildcats have failed to hold a lead in the final minute. The Wildcats led by 12 at halftime and by as many as 16 early in the second half, only to allow the Knights back into the game as the period wore on.
The teams were tied heading into the final minute, before Malik Bullock made a jumper to put the Wildcats ahead. A free throw by Caleb Coleman gave the Wildcats a three-point advantage before Taylor hit a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to pull the Kinights back within one.
Coleman missed the back end of a one-and-one shortly thereafter, setting the stage for Taylor's heroics.
Taylor, along with Johnnie Green and Ricardo Ayuso, did nearly all the damage for Berkeley on the day. The trio combined for 73 points, with Taylor leading the way on 28 points. Green added 25 points while Ayuso finished with 20.
The Wildcats will look to regroup next Saturday when they travel to Swannanoa, N.C., to play in-state rival USCAA #8 Warren Wilson College. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.