North Miami, FL - Johnson & Wales Charlotte took on Johnson & Wales North Miami in men's basketball for only the second time ever on Saturday afternoon. The visiting Wildcats overcame a slow start to eventually pull away for an 85-68 win.
North Miami (2-8) made four of their first five 3 point attempts, all by Alex Doane, as the hosts raced out to a 16-4 advantage in the game's first five minutes. Charlotte (7-1) began to slowly close the gap over the next thirteen minutes by working the ball inside against the North Miami 2-3 zone. Majerle Poole and Zyrion Wilkins each had 8 points in the period, part of a 24-6 points in the paint advantage that Charlotte enjoyed in the first stanza. The visitors built a six point advantage late in the half, before three Kevin Rostamin free throws trimmed the lead to three at 40-37.
A C.J. Miller three point play gave Charlotte a ten point advantage four minutes into the second half, and the visitors seem poised to pull away. North Miami had other ideas, however, as they rattled off a 16-6 run to tie the score at 58 with just under ten minutes to play. Robert Hobson keyed Charlotte's closing spurt from there. He scored 14 of his game-high 23 points to help push the visitors to the 85-68 victory.
Wilkins led the Wildcats in rebounding with 7, to go along with his 13 points. Brandon Kostyk also had 13 points, while Miller added 11 of his own. Alex Doane's 15 points paced North Miami, and Tyler Poindexter had 12.
Charlotte is next in action tomorrow as they wrap up their South Florida road trip with a game at Ave Maria. Tip time is set for 2pm.