It was the homecoming that senior forward Andrew Bonner (Flagstaff, Ariz.) could only have imagined as he put up a program record 51 points in JWU's win against Dine College on Friday night. The neutral court contest took place at Bonner's former high scool in Flagstaff and a supportive crowd was in attendance.
The 'Cats started out on a 11-2 run to open play and show their dominance early. Dine College quickly regrouped and cut the Wildcat's lead down to four points. The Wildcats wouldn't let up though and quickly pushed their lead back up to double-digits. Each bucket for Dine would be countered with a small scoring run for Johnson & Wales with the Wildcats controlling the pace of the game. A lull in scoring by Dine allowed JWU to push their lead up to 49-22 at halftime.
Johnson & Wales began the second half on a 10-0 run as Dine College found themselves in foul trouble. The Wildcats had quick back and forth passes that allowed them to continue to build their lead up. Dine continued to leave Bonner open under the basket allowing him to sink shot after shot in front of his friends and family. A free throw by Bonner with 7:16 to play allowed JWU to hit 100 points in the contest.
The foul trouble continued for Dine College as they saw their fourth player foul out of the contest with just under three minutes to play. Johnson & Wales worked the clock but by the final buzzer had the 124-56 win.
Bonner led all players with 51 points and set a new Wildcat Men's Basketball program record in the process. He was 21 of 24 from the field and had a game high seven rebounds for JWU. Bailey Stephens (Flagstaff, Ariz.) dished out five assists for JWU.
The two teams will faceoff again on Saturday at 3:00 PM at Coconino High School.