Wilmington, NC - The Johnson & Wales Men's Basketball Team took on their first NCAA D1 opponent of the regular season on Tuesday when they traveled to University of North Carolina Wilmington. The Wildcats couldn't overcome the Seahawks, falling 103-83.
The Seahawks would jump in front early, stretching the lead to 11 points, but the Wildcats closed the gap to 3 points with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. UNCW would pull away as the teams entered halftime with a score of 54-41 favoring the hosts. The Seahawks would maintain a comfortable lead in the second half despite a push from JWU.
The Wildcats shot 44.6% for the game, including 38.7% from three, while the Seahawks shot at a 49.3% clip and 36.7% from three. The team only attempted eight free throws compared to 31 for the Seahawks. UNCW outscored the Wildcats 47-31 in bench points and 30-19 in points off turnovers.
"Proud of our team tonight. We competed with intensity and class against a really good opponent," commented JWU Head Coach Dan Larkin. "We have to shore up some details in our ballscreen coverage and transition defense but overall we are right on track in our progression so far this season." Larkin is a graduate of UNCW and served as a student assistant for the men's basketball program from 2010-2014.
The Wildcats return to action on November 8th when they face USCAA opponent Penn State York for a 6:00 pm tip-off.