Wildcats' rally comes up short at Southwestern

Jalen Scandrett, Kelsey Williams, Kevin Avalos, Dakota Patton and Taka Hall
Jalen Scandrett, Kelsey Williams, Kevin Avalos, Dakota Patton and Taka Hall

GEORGETOWN, Texas – The Johnson & Wales men's basketball team saw its second-half comeback come up just short Saturday in a 98-91 loss at Southwestern.

The Wildcats (9-3, 2-1 SCAC) trailed by as much as 17 in the second half but were able to rally and tie the game at 81-all with 3:39 to go on a pair of free throws by Jontrell Herman. JWU Denver was unable to take the lead as the host Pirates (4-5, 1-0) ended the game on a 17-10 run to win their conference opener.

Against the normally stingy Wildcat defense, Southwestern shot 57.1 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from the 3-point line. JWU was also efficient from the floor, shooting 51.7 percent.

JWU Denver guards Herman (Duck Hill, Miss.) and Andrew Romero III combined for 51 points as Herman scored 24 of his game-high 28 in the second half. Herman also had six rebounds and five assists while Romero III (Northglenn, Colo.) had 23 points and three rebounds.

All five Wildcat starters scored in double figures, including King Grant-Perry and Kelsey Williams with 11 points each and Bailey Stephens with 10.

The two teams combined to attempt 60 total free throws – the Pirates going 18-of-27 and the Wildcats 27-of-23.

JWU has a week off before returning to the Wildcat Center to host Schreiner on Saturday, Dec. 29.