Romero III explodes for 33 points in win over Centenary

Andrew Romero III (11) and Bailey Stephens
Andrew Romero III (11) and Bailey Stephens

DENVER -- Despite losing one of their best players midway through the game to injury, the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team managed to erase a seven-point halftime deficit to secure a 77-67 comeback win over visiting Centenary on Saturday night at the Wildcat Center.

Jontrell Herman, who leads the SCAC in scoring and rebounding, was limited to just 13 minutes after suffering a sprained ankle in the first half. Several Wildcats stepped up his absence as Andrew Romero III scored a game-high 33 points to go with nine rebounds. Romero III (Northglenn, Colo.) consistently attacked the basket, finishing 11-for-13 at the free throw line. As a team, JWU went 22-for-25 at the line.

Freshman Charles Young helped fill in at the point for Herman (Duck Hill, Miss.) and finished with career highs of 18 points and seven rebounds. Kelsey Williams added nine points and two steals, and King Grant-Perry totaled eight boards, six points and two blocks to help JWU Denver (11-5, 4-3 SCAC) win its second straight.

Kile Mingo paced the visiting Gents (5-9, 3-3) with 23 points while Cedric Harris had 18 for the guests.

The Wildcats outscored the Gents 49-32 after the break and shot 59.1 percent in the final 20 minutes. JWU finished with a commanding 29-0 edge in points off the bench.

Coach Quintin Grogan's team wraps up a five-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 12 against Trinity.