Uniontown, PA - The JWU Men's Basketball Team's season ended on Tuesday at the hands of #4 seed NHTI. The Wildcats fell to the Lynx in the semifinals of the USCAA D2 National Championship, 98-76.
The #1 Wildcats went up early, enjoying their largest lead of the night 5:35 into game when a Robert Hobson three made it 17-7. The Lynx battled back and took the lead 24-22 with 9:44 left in the first half. The teams traded the lead back and forth for the remainder of the half, with NHTI ultimately taking a 2 point advantage at the break, 40-38.
NHTI would extend the lead to 7 in the opening minutes of the second stanza. The Wildcats responded, trimming the Lynx advantage to three on a pair of DeAndre Williams free throws with 15 minutes left. JWU found the going tough from that point, as NHTI shot 60% from the field in the second half, and slowly pulled away as the clock wound down.
Johnson & Wales lost the turnover battle 15 to 12, but were effective in transition, outscoring NHTI 16-11 in points off turnovers. The Wildcats held NHTI to 5 of 22 from three and connected on 8 of 24 from deep themselves.
First Team All-American Majerle Poole led JWU with 24 points and 9 rebounds, while fellow First Teamer Robert Hobson finished with 15 and 8. Senior Malik Bullock also hit double figures, adding 11 points for JWU.