Wildcats rally for OT win

Wildcats rally for OT win

Johnson & Wales travelled to Colorado Springs on Tuesday night for a midweek matchup at Colorado College.

The host Tigers started strong, jumping out to a 20-2 lead over the first seven minutes of play. Johnson & Wales struggled offensivley to get some rhythm going. A pair of buckets by King Grant-Perry (Cleveland, Ohio) helped JWU start to find some momentum. After leading 30-10 midway through the first half, the Tigers started to slow down offensively while the Wildcat's started to hit their shots. A late run by Johnson & Wales over the final six minutes allowed JWU to cut the deficit to nine heading into the break.

In the second half, the 'Cats maintained their late first half momentum and continued to cut into CC's lead. The Wildcats brought the Tiger's advantage down to a 56-55 lead just over halfway through the period. The Tigers pushed the lead back up to 10 points but JWU again rallied to take their first lead of the game with a jumper by Jontrell Herman (Duck Hill, Miss.) with 44 seconds to play. Herman hit a three pointer with two seconds left to force overtime.

The overtime period began with four straight points from Colorado College that the 'Cats countered to tie the game 81-81. CC pushed their lead back up to 85-81 but the Wildcats again stormed back to tie the game. Johnson & Wales went up by four points with 35 seconds left to get their biggest lead of the game. The Wildcats held off the late run by Colorado College to secure the 93-91 overtime road victory.

Andrew Romero III (Northglenn, Colo.) led all players with 30 points and Herman added 27 points. Aaron Stone (Elizabeth, Colo.) had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. John Hatch had 24 points for Colorado College and Ryan Young finished with 13 rebounds.

The Wildcats will head to Arizona for the weekend with a pair of contests against Dine College and a Sunday afternoon matchup with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.