Colorado College visited JWU in the season finale for both teams on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers got off to a hot start in the opening minutes, jumping out to an early 10-2 lead just over five minutes into the game. A layup by Bailey Stephens (Flagstaff, Ariz.) at 12:03 cut the deficit to five as the Wildcats trailed 14-9. The Wildcats continued to struggle scoring as the first half rolled on. Colorado College kept pressuring the Wildcats defensively and kept them off the scoreboard for the final 6:54 of the half. CC took a 44-15 lead into the break.
In the second half, Johnson & Wales broke out of their scoring slump with their senior starters getting some early momentum. Behind Andrew Romero III (Northglenn, Colo.) and Stephens the Wildcats chipped away at the Tiger's lead. JWU picked up their defense in the second, forcing 18 second half turnovers and coming up with 12 steals. Despite the late push by the Wildcats, they were unable to overcome the first half scoring drought and fell 75-61 in their season finale.
Romero finished the game with 27 points and Stephens chipped in 17 points. Romero and Dakota Patton (Loveland, Colo.) each had seven rebounds for Johnson & Wales.
Prior to tipoff, the Wildcats honored their graduating seniors with framed jerseys. Stephens, Patton, Romero, Jontrell Herman (Duck Hill, Miss.), King Grant-Perry (Cleveland, Ohio), Jordan Miles (Memphis, Tenn.) and Jonny Pomerleau (Loveland, Colo.) were recognized in the pregame ceremony.
Romero finished his collegiate career with 2,043 points and 593 rebounds to hold the program records in both categories. Herman wrapped up his JWU career with 1,784 career points to finish second overall and 521 rebounds to sit third in program history.