Uniontown, PA - The record breaking JWU men's basketball season has come to an end in the USCAA D2 national championship game. The #5 seed Wildcats fell to #3 Penn State Wilkes-Barre in the finals, 86-64.
Wilkes-Barre jumped out to a 10-2 lead to begin the game, but a Majerle Poole jumper with 13 minutes to go cut the lead to 6. PSUWB then rolled 10 consecutive points before JWU's Malik Bullock converted a layup to make it 22-8. WB stretched the first half lead to as many as 24 points, but two Robert Hobson three pointers in the last minute saw the Wildcats enter the locker room trailing 47-27. Poole's 9 first half points led the Wildcats, but he was outpaced by PSUWB's Jordan Williams with 16 and Levaugn Knight-Soules with 12. The Nittany Lions shot 54.5% from the floor in the half while JWU converted 30.6%. The Wildcats were held to 2-15 from the three point line, with the only conversions being Hobson's late attempts.
Hobson picked up the second half where he left off as he scored the first bucket out of the break, cutting the lead to 18. Wilkes-Barre answered immediately with a Kevin Silverberg three. The teams traded buckets and a Poole three with 17 minutes left again cut it to 18. The Wildcats went down by as many as 25 with 5 minutes to go, but Kajuan Madden-McAfee scored 15 points in the next 3 minutes to close the gap to 15. That was the closest the Wildcats would come, as the game ended 86-64.
Madden-McAfee finished with 18 points,7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Poole's night was highlighted by 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats' season ends as the most successful in the history of the program. The finals appearance marks the furthest any JWU Charlotte men's basketball team has advanced, and the win total of 21 surpasses the 20 from the 14-15 season. The winning percentage of .656 also sets a new mark for JWU.