Wildcats edged out on the road

Wildcats edged out on the road

The Wildcats hit the midpoint of their streak of five games on Friday evening at South Dakota School of Mines.

The host Hardrockers opened the game on a 6-0 run that forced the 'Cats to call a timeout just over 90 seconds into the contest. The Wildcats regrouped and came back to take the 7-6 lead over the next 90 seconds. The game became a back and forth affair with neither team allowing the other to get much of an advantage. The Hardrockers made a late run to push their lead up to seven points that the 'Cats got down to five before SDSMT added another basket to take the 37-30 lead into the break.

The second half had the Hardrockers maintain their lead for most of the period. South Dakota School of Mines maintained a double digit lead for most of the second half before Johnson & Wales cut the deficit to three points with seven and a half minutes remaining in the game. A layup by Jontrell Herman (Duck Hill, Miss.) allowed Johnson & Wales to come within a point at 6:58. King Grant-Perry (Cleveland, Ohio) put JWU up front on the Wildcats next trip down the court as they took the 55-54 lead. The Hardrockers pushed their lead up to 10 with just over a minute left in the game. The 'Cats closed out the game on a 10-2 run to pull within two but couldn't make up all of the ground as they dropped the 65-67 decision.

Andrew Romero III (Northglenn, Colo.) led JWU with 20 points and Marshall Moore (Albuquerque, N.M.) added another 18. Romero had a team high 10 rebounds for Johnson & Wales in the loss. Logan Elers had 15 points for SDSMT and Tristan Von Nieda finished with 10 rebounds.

Johnson & Wales will head to Black Hills State University on Saturday afternoon to take on the Yellowjackets.