The Wildcats hit the midpoint of their streak of five games on Friday evening at South Dakota School of Mines.
The host Hardrockers opened the game on a 6-0 run that forced the 'Cats to call a timeout just over 90 seconds into the contest. The Wildcats regrouped and came back to take the 7-6 lead over the next 90 seconds. The game became a back and forth affair with neither team allowing the other to get much of an advantage. The Hardrockers made a late run to push their lead up to seven points that the 'Cats got down to five before SDSMT added another basket to take the 37-30 lead into the break.
The second half had the Hardrockers maintain their lead for most of the period. South Dakota School of Mines maintained a double digit lead for most of the second half before Johnson & Wales cut the deficit to three points with seven and a half minutes remaining in the game. A layup by Jontrell Herman (Duck Hill, Miss.) allowed Johnson & Wales to come within a point at 6:58. King Grant-Perry (Cleveland, Ohio) put JWU up front on the Wildcats next trip down the court as they took the 55-54 lead. The Hardrockers pushed their lead up to 10 with just over a minute left in the game. The 'Cats closed out the game on a 10-2 run to pull within two but couldn't make up all of the ground as they dropped the 65-67 decision.
Andrew Romero III (Northglenn, Colo.) led JWU with 20 points and Marshall Moore (Albuquerque, N.M.) added another 18. Romero had a team high 10 rebounds for Johnson & Wales in the loss. Logan Elers had 15 points for SDSMT and Tristan Von Nieda finished with 10 rebounds.
Johnson & Wales will head to Black Hills State University on Saturday afternoon to take on the Yellowjackets.