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Wildcats hold on in close game but fall short at buzzer

Wildcats hold on in close game but fall short at buzzer

The Wildcats opened the first of a home and home series with Colorado College on Tuesday night in the Wildcat Center. The two squads will face off in JWU's final game of the regular season on February 19 in Colorado Springs. The first half started with Johnson & Wales opening up a 12-2 lead before the Tigers clawed their way back into the game with Ryan Milne putting CC back into it. The contest looked like a clinic on three point shooting as both sides were hitting them from all over the floor. The Tigers tied the contest at 17 with 10:40 left to play in the period. Each small lead the either team managed, they were quickly shutdown and the first half ended with both teams even at 31. JWU shot .524 from the floor and held the Tigers to .357

Coming out of the break, the game stayed the same as the first half with neither side allowing much distance between themselves. Corey Puckett had the hot hand for Johnson & Wales going five for five from beyond the arc serving as his only shots from the open court. Chris Lesnansky picked up the Tigers and did the heavy lifting for them with 14 second half points. Both sides again relied on their three point shooting not trying to drive to the basket unless they were running out of time on the shot clock. As the final minutes ticked away, CC pulled away to lead 71-66 but Puckett pulled JWU back into position. A three point shot by Jake Campbell at the buzzer hit the side of the backboard and the Wildcats fell 70-73 to Colorado College.

Puckett finished the night with a team high 19 points while Campbell and Chris O'Neal each dished out five assists. Eric Gardzina had a game high 9 boards. Lesnansky had 20 points for the Tigers and Jeremiah Waters had six boards. Milne had seven assists for CC.

Johnson & Wales (3-9) will travel to Klamath Falls, Oregon this weekend to take on #5 Oregon Institute of Technology in back to back competitions on Friday and Saturday nights. Both games start at 7:30pm PST.