Charlotte, NC - The JWU men's basketball team hosted Morris College on Tuesday looking to extend their current winning streak. The game was a back-and-forth affair with the Wildcats emerging victorious late, 95-93.
- The game featured 17 lead changes and 6 ties.
- The Hornets (4-11) tied the game at 93 with 9 seconds left, but the Wildcats were able to beat the late press with a dunk from freshman Jackson Baylark with 3 seconds left.
- The visitors took 92 shots in the game compared to 69 for JWU.
- The Wildcats were out-rebounded 47-32 and gave up 29 second chance points while only scoring 7.
- JWU overcame the rebounding disadvantage with some great shooting: the Wildcats shot 52.2% from the field including 12-31 from the three point line.
- The Wildcats assisted on 23 of their 36 field goals for 64%.
- The Wildcats' bench outscored their counterparts 34-5.
- JWU boasted five double-digit scorers: freshman Zyrion Wilkins led the team with 24 points followed by Robert Hobson with 19, Majerle Poole with 17, Kajuan Madden-McAfee with 14, and Baylark with 11.
- Hobson dished out a season-high 9 assists on the night.
- Madden-McAfee collected 8 rebounds and Baylark snagged 7.
- JWU moves to 15-8 on the season and extends their winning streak to 10 games.
From The Coach:
"We didn't play our best tonight, but credit to our guys for finding a way to finish down the stretch. The glaring weakness for our team tonight was defensive rebounding. We have to do a much better job of limiting second chance opportunities," reflected Head Coach Dan Larkin on the win. "We're not always going to be perfect, things are going to go wrong, but our team has really bought into the concept of 'next play.' No matter how many times we made a mistake on either end, our team did a tremendous job focusing on making the next right play. Keeping that mindset alone will keep us in games on nights like tonight."
The Wildcats will host Toccoa Falls on Feb. 9th with a 5:00 pm tip-off.