PROVIDENCE, RI – Randall Ferdinand's put back with seven seconds remaining propelled the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team to victory on Thursday. The Wildcats pulled out a 64-63 victory over Saint Joseph's College.
Saint Joseph's: 12-8, 7-4 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 12-8, 9-2, GNAC
Brian Hogan-Gary (JWU): 19 points, 10 rebounds
Randall Ferdinand (JWU): 13 points
Jack Casale (SJC): 18 points, 9 rebounds
An pair of Ian Mileikis free throws put the Monks ahead, 61-53, with 4:06 left. The Wildcats fought back but Mileikis nailed two more free throws to extend SJC's lead to 63-60 with 27 seconds remaining.
Justin Bullock made a layup then forced a turnover to give JWU the ball back down 63-62. His layup with nine seconds missed the mark, but Ferdinand was there for the put back. The Monks had a chance to tie the game with three seconds, but Mileikis missed a free throw.
Brian Hogan-Gary gave JWU a 24-22 lead with 6:12 left in the first half, but that would be the Wildcats' last points of the half as the Monks took a 30-24 advantage into the locker room.
The Wildcats won the game despite shooting 35.9 percent from the floor – their lowest rate in a victory this season. Saint Joseph's hit 46.2 percent and had a 46-28 rebounding advantage. JWU got 19 points off 24 Monks' turnovers.
Hogan-Gary had game highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the year. Ferdinand, Jarell Lawson and Nate Patenaude each had 13 points.
The Monks host GNAC-rival Emmanuel College Saturday at 1:00 PM while the Wildcats play their second home game in a row when they host Rivier at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
COURTESY OF JWU SPORTS INFORMATION
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.