Second half surge too much for JWU

Second half surge too much for JWU

Johnson & Wales continued their near month long road trip with a 72-83 loss to the Colorado Christian University Cougars. In their home opener, the Cougars looked to bounce back from four straight losses on the road. Johnson & Wales opened the scoring first with Jake Campbell scoring a bucket off a steal but Colorado Christian even the score with a jumper at the other end. The Cougars quickly added a couple more baskets to extend themselves 10-4 but Campbell brought the game back to an even score with three consecutive baskets.

CCU started to build some momentum halfway through the period, but the Wildcats went on a 9-0 in the closing minutes to again tie the game at 27. The two sides entered the break with CCU up 30-29. As the second half got underway, the Wildcats maintained their momentum but Colorado Christian became more consistant with their shooting. The Cougars opened up a game high 18 point advantage by way of trips to the free throw line where they would go 21-29 from the charity stripe. JWU was able to cut into the CCU lead, but it was too far into the contest to complete the come back. Johnson & Wales fell to 3-8 with the loss.

Chris O'Neal had a game high 22 points against his former team while Campbell added another 21 points. Eric Gardzina had 7 rebounds for JWU. Luke Gilliam led the Cougars with 19 points and two players, Abram Ziemer and Josh McBeth, had eight boards each.

Johnson & Wales will finish their month on the road at the University of Northern Colorado at 7:05pm on Saturday.