The Wildcats hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to the University of Northern Colorado for a Tuesday afternoon contest.
The game started slow offensively for both teams and continuous whistles broke up any rhythm either team could build. The Bears broke up an 8-8 tie with a five point run over the course of 1:22 of action to start to buld some momentum midway through the first half. The 'Cats offense struggled from the field and 10 straight points from the free throw line while the Bears extended their lead to double-digits.
A layup by Justin Lee (Longmont, Colo.) with 2:17 left in the first half were the Wildcats first points from the field in over 10 minutes. JWU added another bucket before half from Bryson Sharpley (Westminster, Colo.) before the half as the 'Cats trailed 22-40 headed into the break.
The Wildcats regrouped offensively in the second half, matching the host Bears basket for basket in the first few minutes. A 13-0 run by Northern Colorado allowed them to extend their lead to 31 with 15:36 to play. A push by JWU cut the deficit to 21 with just over nine minutes left in the game.
Johnson & Wales started to regain some of their early rhythm but the Bears continued to keep the 'Cats at arms length and break up the scoring runs that JWU put together. By the final whistle, the Bears had done enough to hold off the Wildcats for the 91-67 win.
The Wildcats were 21 of 56 from the field, shooting .375 in the loss. The Bears shot .406 and were 8 of 32 from three point range. Aaron Stone (Elizabeth, Colo.) notched his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Jontrell Herman (Duck Hill, Miss.) was 6 for 6 from the charity stripe and had six rebounds. Jordan Davis led the Bears with 23 points and Roberto Vercellino finished with 13 rebounds.
Johnson & Wales (1-2) will head east for a Friday night contest at Bethany College and a Saturday game at Bellevue University.