Blizzard conditions and 16 inches of snow outside couldn't stop the Wildcat offense as they rebounded from a 24 point loss to Black Hills State last weekend with a 79-77 win over the Yellowjackets on Friday night in the Wildcat Center.
From the tipoff both teams pressured one another for possession of the ball and battled for each rebounds. Corey Puckett sparked the offense of the 'Cats going 8 of 10 from the floor and hitting 4 of 5 shots from three point range in the first half guiding the 'Cats to a 40-32 lead into the intermission.
Out of the break, the Yellowjackets swarmed to Puckett leaving Kahler Grandbouche and Jake Campbell open to drive to the basket. A small scoring run at the 12 minute mark put BHSU up six points but the Wildcats quickly shut down the surge and took an 8-0 run to put themselves back ahead. A pair of free throws by Black Hills State put the Yellowjackets up by one with just over five left to play. A jumper by Cedric Ennis sent JWU back up over BHSU were they would stay for the remainder of the contest.
Puckett finished the night with 26 points and Grandbouche added another 17. Cody Derner brought down 9 rebounds for the 'Cats in the victory. Rob Johnson led the Yellowjackets with 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Johnson & Wales will close out their home schedule on Saturday evening when they host South Dakota School of Mines in the Wildcat Center. Prior to the tipoff, Johnson & Wales will honor graduating senior Geoffrey Todd.