The Wildcats headed to Centenary College for a Friday evening matchup against the Gents. The 'Cats will face Centanary on a regular basis beginning next season as the 'Cats move to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The hosts got out to an early 5-0 lead before Andrew Romero III (Northglenn, Colo.) hit a three pointer to put the 'Cats on the board. The two teams traded small scoring runs before the Wildcats were able to go up 26-17 with 8:42 left in the opening half. The Gents would cut into the 'Cats lead but JWU would stop the offensive run and start to pull away again. Centenary made another push late in the half, but JWU took the 42-38 lead into the break.
The second half had Centenary start out with the same momentum they finished the first half with as they battled the Wildcats over the next 20 minutes. Each time one side would start to find some momentum the other side would shut it down and counter with a run of their own. With 15 seconds remaining, Cole Moore (Albuquerque, N.M.) hit layup to give JWU the 84-81 advantage. Centenary's Travion Kirkendoll hit the game tying three with two seconds left to force the game into overtime.
In the first overtime period, the teams continued to trade bucket with JWU getting the largest lead of the period of four points with 1:51 left in the game. Kirkendoll made the first of two free throws with one second left in overtime to the game at 96-96 but missed his second sending the game into a second overtime period. The second overtime had Centenary start out with a couple of quick buckets and the 104-98 lead with 2:50 on the clock. The Gents pushed their lead up to eight point as it looked like they had the momentum. JWU made a late push with Jontrell Herman (Duck Hill, Miss.) hitting a three pointer just before the buzzer to cut the deficit to two points as Centerary captured the double overtime 111-109 victory.
Romero had a team high 34 points and Herman added another 30. Moore added 19 points off the bench for Johnson & Wales and King Grant-Perry (Cleveland, Ohio) had a game high 13 rebounds. Kirkendoll finished with 37 points and Cedric Harris brought down 12 rebounds.
Johnson & Wlales wil lhead to Dallas on Saturday to face University of Dallas at 3pm CT.