The Wildcats stayed close to home on Wednesday night, making the seven mile trip across town to NCAA Division II Regis University.
The host Rangers came out firing early with a quick 12-2 lead in the opening four minutes of action. The 'Cats regrouped and put together a run to pull within three points over the next three minute. As soon as JWU came within one possession, the Rangers added to their lead by going up 37-19 over the next nine minutes of action. The 'Cats struggled in the opening half to hit some of their shots while Regis was able to build some distance by hitting their attempts from beyond the arc. After the opening 20 minutes, Regis University held the 47-34 lead. The Rangers shot 46.7% from three point range while holding Johnson & Wales to 12 of 31 shooting.
In the second half, quick baskets by Jontrell Herman (Duck Hill, Miss.) allowed the 'Cats to come to within 11 points but the Rangers started to pull away again. The 'Cats would make small runs to cut into the Ranger's lead but each time the deficit would get close to single digits, Regis would find a way to build some distance. The Rangers started to pull away with about eight minutes left in the game as their three point shooters started to take over the contest. The 'Cats had a better second half offensively but the Rangers had the momentum to take the 98-74 win.
Andrew Romero III (Northglenn, Colo.) led all players with 24 points and Herman added another 19. Romero, Herman, and King Grant-Perry (Cleveland, Ohio) each had eight rebounds for the 'Cats. Jarrett Brodbeck led Regis with 20 points with six three point baskets. Troy Anderson II had nine rebounds for the Rangers.
Wednesday's game was the first of five games in five days for Johnson & Wales. The Wildcats will stay close to campus on Thursday as they head to the University of Denver for a 5:00pm matchup with the Division I Pioneers.