Charlotte, NC - JWU men's basketball team hosted Carolina Christian College on Thursday night. Despite trailing for 36 minutes of regulation, the Wildcats prevailed in OT, 93-88.
Carolina Christian was in control for most of the game thanks to a high volume of shots. The Centurions were able to take 21 more shots in the game than the Wildcats. This included CCC connecting on 15 three pointers compared to JWU's 9. The largest lead of the game came with 16 minutes left in the second half as the Centurions (4-5) took a 15 point advantage. JWU (7-8) would fight their way back and tie the game on a Kajuan Madden-McAfee layup with 21 seconds left.
In overtime, #10 JWU would jump to a nine point lead. CCC managed to claw back within one point with under two minutes remaining, but six consecutive points at the free throw line from Madden-McAfee sealed the game. The Wildcats' comeback was sparked by a 19-22 free throw shooting performance in the second half and overtime.
"Incredibly impressed with our team's ability to finish tonight. On a night where we weren't playing Johnson & Wales basketball for 33 minutes of the contest, we found our sweet spot as a unit down the stretch," commented JWU Head Coach Dan Larkin. "When we play with energy and togetherness we are going to be tough to beat. We'll enjoy this one tonight and turn our attention back to MACU at midnight."
Six different players tallied double figures for the Wildcats. Madden-McAfee led the team with 20 points followed by Zyrion Wilkins with 17, Robert Hobson with 15, Majerle Poole with 13, Malik Bullock with 12, and PJ Gill with 10. Bullock led the team with 11 rebounds.
JWU is back in action on Jan. 12 at 3:00 pm when they host EMAC rival Mid-Atlantic Christian University.