Wildcats start hot from behind the arc in exhibition at Air Force

Photo by Trevor Cokley
Photo by Trevor Cokley

US AIR FORCE ACADEMY - The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team came out firing from behind the 3-point line during their exhibition Tuesday night against Division I foe Air Force. 

The visiting Wildcats made 5 of their first 6 attempts from 3, giving the Falcons an early scare as JWU Denver trailed by just two points, 21-19, midway through the first half following a three-ball by freshman Andray Thomas Jr

The fouls quickly piled up for JWU, allowing Air Force to pull away in the final seven minutes of the first half, eventually posting a 99-42 victory at Clune Arena. 

Thomas led the Wildcats with 14 points, thanks to a 4-for-8 performance from distance. Freshman Brandon Romero went 3-for-4 from 3 to finish with nine points while sophomore Charles Young chipped in five points. 

Freshman Ricky Poole and sophomore Shyreef Robins each grabbed three rebounds to tie for the team lead on the glass while Thomas dished out a team-high three assists. 

Carter Murphy scored 14 points to help the Falcons get to .500 at 6-6. Air Force finished with a 43-23 edge on the glass and out-scored JWU 26-0 in points off turnovers. 

The Wildcats return to SCAC conference play Friday against Texas Lutheran (5:30 p.m., Wildcat Center).