JWU Denver drops SCAC home opener

Jalen Scandrett
Jalen Scandrett

DENVER – The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team fell short in its first-ever SCAC conference home game, losing to visiting Schreiner 77-72 on Saturday at the Wildcat Center.

Andrew Romero III scored 30 points to lead all players for JWU Denver (9-4, 2-2), but it wasn't enough as the Wildcats weren't able to hold on to a one-point halftime lead. Romero III (Northglenn, Colo.) also had six rebounds, four steals and three assists before fouling out with 1:27 to play.

Bailey Stephens made a jumper with 51 seconds left to make it a two-point game, 72-70, but the Wildcats couldn't get any closer as the Mountaineers (5-6, 1-1) went 6-for-6 at the free throw line down the stretch. The visitors made 29-of-39 attempts from the charity stripe for the game. 

The physical contest featured a combined 58 fouls between the two teams and 69 free throw attempts. Four different players fouled out, two on each team.

Matthew Rindahl scored 17 points and Paul Wells finished with 16 for the Mountaineers, who out-rebounded the Wildcats 42-33 and had a 38-26 advantage in points in the paint.

JWU Denver led by as much as 12 in the first half but saw that cushion narrow to one at the break, 39-38. Schreiner took the lead for good with 3:50 to play on a pair of free throws by Wells.

Jontrell Herman narrowly missed a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds while Charles Young finished with seven points and three boards for coach Quintin Grogan's team.

JWU returns to the Wildcat Center for a Sunday afternoon matchup against Dallas at 2 p.m.