Second half scoring drought costs Wildcats in home opener

Photo: Chris Barron
Photo: Chris Barron

DENVER - A second half scoring drought cost the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team a chance to win its home opener Friday night at the Wildcat Center. The Wildcats grabbed a 40-36 lead at the 13:16 mark on a 3-pointer by freshman Charles Young, giving JWU Denver its largest lead of the game. 

The Wildcats' offense then went cold for the next eight minutes as Cal Lutheran went on an 18-0 run on the way to securing a 64-46 road victory. 

Young finished with a game-high 20 points to go with three rebounds and three assists while freshman Andray Thomas Jr. had 11 points and eight rebounds. 

Palmer Chaplin finished with 15 points and six boards to lead the Kingsmen (1-3) to their first victory of the season. JWU fell to 0-4 after shooting 30.4 percent in the second half (7-of-23) and committing 16 turnovers. 

The non-conference matchup featured six lead changes and two ties, including a 28-all score at halftime. 

Freshman Kaleb Atherley gave the Wildcats a boost off the bench with six points and four rebounds.

Cal Lutheran out-scored JWU 46-20 in the paint and 36-18 in the second half. 

The Wildcats will look to bounce back Friday, Nov. 29 against Whitman in a neutral site contest at Colorado College (5:30 p.m.).