Uniontown, PA- The JWU Men's Basketball team took on Southern Maine Community College in the quarterfinals of the USCAA D2 Men's basketball national Championships on Monday. The Wildcats entered the tournament as the #1 seed, and dispatched the #8 Seawolves 81-70.
The Wildcats started the game on a 6-0 run, and maintained the lead throughout the evening. The Seawolves would battle back to within 1 point at 24-23 with 7:20 to go in the first half, but JWU ended the period on a 16-6 run. The Wildcats would start the second half with another 6-0 run to take the largest lead of the day, 46-29. SMCC would again find a way back into the game, trimming the lead to 4 points with 9 minutes remaining, 64-60. The Wildcats sealed the game in response, outscoring the Seawolves 17-10 over the final 9 minutes.
JWU shot 43.3% on the night and held SMCC to 37.7%. It was the Wildcats' ability to force turnovers that made the biggest impact on the game. JWU won the turnover battle 23-10 and converted those turnovers into 32 points, compared to 6 for the Seawolves. Robert Hobson led all scorers with 26 points, and Majerle Poole added 19 points for JWU. Antonio Smith grabbed 9 rebounds for the Wildcats, and Malik Bullock had 5 assists.
The Wildcats return to play on Tuesday, March 10th, with a 7:00 pm tip-off vs #4 New Hampshire Technical College.