Johnson & Wales wrapped up a busy November schedule on Monday night with a road contest at Colorado State University - Pueblo.
The game began with the Thunderwolves jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first 40 seconds. The Wildcat's offense started to kick into gear and JWU tied the game 9-9 at 16:23. CSU-Pueblo went on a small run to push their lead up to 19-11 over the next five minutes. The 'Cats cut the eight point deficit down to two points following a three point bucket by Cole Moore (Albuquerque, N.M.) with 9:06 left in the half. Jontrell Herman (Duck Hill, Miss.) tied the game 25-25 just a minute and a half later. Herman hit a three pointer at 6:51 to give Johnson & Wales the 28-25 lead, their first of the game. The back and forth continued for the rest of the half with CSU-Pueblo taking the 41-39 lead into the break.
Andrew Romero III (Northglenn, Colo.) put JWU back up top at 17:45 with a three point bucket. Most of the second half was the two sides trading buckets. The Thunderwolves found themselves at the free throw line 21 times in the half, converting 19 attempts. The 'Cats had to earn their points the old fashioned way from the open floor. Johnson & Wales led 59-58 with 9:41 left in the game. Colorado State - Pueblo started to pull away after going up 62-59 just under the nine minute mark. The Thunderwolves pushed their lead up to double-digits with 6:30 left in the game as the 'Cats offense started to slow down. JWU chipped away but couldn't make up the ground, falling 79-90 to the Thunderwovles.
Romero led the Wildcats with 24 points and Herman added another 23. Moore had 22 points for Johnson & Wales off the bench. Romero also had seven assists for JWU. Donovan Oldham led the Thunderwolves with 27 points and 17 rebounds.
Johnson & Wales will head to Centenary College and University of Dallas this weekend to take on two programs that will be future conference opponents when Johnson & Wales moves the the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference next season.