SEGUIN, Texas – Bailey Stephens led four Wildcats in double figures with a career-high 25 points to lead the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team to an 89-81 road win over Texas Lutheran on Friday night.
JWU Denver moved to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in SCAC conference play, winning for the fourth time in five true road games this season.
Coach Quintin Grogan's team also got a pair of big offensive performances off the bench as Kelsey Williams poured in 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting in his Wildcat debut. Senior Dakota Patton scored a season-high 13 points to go with six rebounds. Williams (Denver) and Patton (Loveland, Colo.) combined to outscore the entire TLU bench 28-11.
"This one feels really good, because this was our first conference game against a team we haven't really seen before since we play Colorado College every year," Patton said. "We knew it was going to be tough, but we just had to stick with it and push through it together as a team when things didn't go our way."
King Grant-Perry had eight points, six rebounds and two assists for JWU, which erased a five-point halftime deficit.
After trailing for a majority of the first half, by as much as 11, the Wildcats overcame the deficit three minutes into the second half on a 3-pointer by Stephens (Flagstaff, Ariz.). JWU steadily built its lead from there, going up by as much as 17 with 6:55 to go.
The Wildcats made a season-high 11 from behind the arc, including four by Williams, three by Patton, two by Stephens and one each by Herman (Duck Hill, Miss.) and Romero III (Northglenn, Colo.).
"Coach gave us a lot of confidence going into halftime," Patton said. "We knew that (Herman) and (Romero III) were going to get double-teamed and that we had to knock down shots."