DENVER - The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team fell to visiting Austin College by a score of 96-77 on Saturday afternoon at the Wildcat Center.
The Wildcats (2-11, 1-5) struggled from the free throw line (16-for-31) and allowed the Roos (4-7, 1-3) to shoot 50.7 percent (34-of-67) from the field.
Justice Mercadel scored 28 points and Devin Roland had 27 for the Roos, who jumped out to a 10-2 lead to start and never trailed in the SCAC contest.
While JWU struggled from the line and from the floor, Austin was efficient from both, including an 8-for-19 effort from behind the 3-point arc. The hot shooting translated to a 49-31 Austin lead at halftime and a 22-point advantage in the final minutes.
JWU returns to the Wildcat Center on Friday to host Colorado College (5:30 p.m.).