PROVIDENCE, RI – A big second half push on both ends of the court was the difference for the 14th-ranked Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team against Lasell College. The Wildcats extended their winning streak to 21 games by downing the Lasers, 93-60, on Tuesday. Lasell shifts to 16-6, 13-2 GNAC while Johnson & Wales moves to 21-1 and 15-0.
STAT LEADERS FOR LASELL
STAT LEADERS FOR JWU
Quarry Greenaway poured in a game-high 32 points and 12 rebounds, while Tom Garrick followed with 28 points, and 6 rebounds. Anthony Jernigan also contributed 12 point and 5 assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After the two teams were tied 39-39 at the half, JWU put the clamps on in the final 20 minutes to pick up the victory. The Lasers shot 60 percent (12-20) in the first half, but were limited to 25 percent (6-24) in the second as they were outscored 54-21. For the first time since the GNAC opener at Mount Ida on December 1, the Wildcats did not go into the half with the lead. A Robert Lewis (Providence, RI) free throw with 31 second remaining tied the game. Lasell's Marchand hit a jumper at the 17:03 mark of the second half to pull the Lasers within two, 47-45, but from there the Wildcats closed the game with a 46-15 run.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Wildcats shot 35-for-61 overall for 57.4% shooting from the floor, while the Lasers went 18-for-44 for 40.9%. Greenaway aided the Wildcats to a 40-21 advantage on the glass and drove in for 46 points in the paint compared to Lasell's 26.
The Lasers return to GNAC action on Saturday, February 13 when they head to crosstown rival Mount Ida College at 1:00 p.m. Johnson & Wales goes on the road to take on Albertus Magnus on Saturday at 1 p.m. A Wildcats' victory would give them their first GNAC regular season title since 2004.
Recap Courtesy of JWU Sports Information