The Wildcats returned to action after nearly a month of no games as they hosted Oglala Lakota College on Friday night in the Wildcat Center.
Johnson & Wales looked to have the momentum early with a quick 12-3 start through four minutes but the visitors were starting to find their rhythm. Over the next two minutes, Oglala Lakota pushed their way back in and cut the 'Cats lead to three points. Back to back buckets by Johnson & Wales allowed the Wildcats to get some breathing room with the seven point advantage.
The Wildcats found some momentum and continued to build upon their lead while OLC was forced to look for their best chance against a stingy JWU defense. Johnson & Wales maintained their lead, taking a 53-39 advantage into halftime.
In the second half, Johnson & Wales looked to be the more rested team as they quickly built up a 23 point lead to begin the period. A run by OLC midway through the half allowed them to cut into JWU's lead and bring it down to 10 with 10:52 to play.The 'Cats forged ahead and worked the clock to not allow the Bravehearts to find any momentum. By the final buzzer, the Wildcats had held off OLC for the 92-81 victory.
Jontrell Herman (Duck Hill, Miss.) led Johnson & Wales with 17 points and was one of four players with double digit scoring. Aaron Stone (Elizabeth, Colo.) had seven rebounds for JWU. Herman dished out a season high seven assists for Johnson & Wales. Bailey Pourier led OLC with 17 points and James Pine brought down 14 boards.
The two teams will face eachother again on Sunday at 2pm at the Wildcat Center.