Wildcats' upset bid falls short

Jaerron Hunter
Jaerron Hunter

DENVER – The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team saw its upset bid come up just shot in an 82-77 loss to the University of St. Thomas on Friday night at the Wildcat Center.

The Wildcats took a one-point lead on a Kaleb Atherley layup with 4:15 to play, putting the visiting Celts (16-1, 9-1) in jeopardy of their second loss of the season. UST then went on an 8-0 run to pull away and claim the SCAC conference victory and stay atop the league standings.

Sophomore Charles Young was one off a season high with 19 points and had five assists to lead the Wildcats (2-15, 19). Atherley added 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks while fellow freshman Andray Thomas Jr. recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Freshman Brandon Romero matched a career high with 14 points and made 4-of-8 attempts from the 3-point line. Sophomore Shyreef Robins scored a career-best eight points to give JWU a boost off the bench. 

Joshua Sanchez paced four Celts in double figures with 18 points while Nathan Thormaehlen had 15 points and 11 boards.

The back-and-forth contest featured 12 lead changes, nine ties and a combined 54 fastbreak points.

JWU held UST to 6-for-25 from behind the arc (24.0 percent) but struggled at the stripe, making 13 of 21 free throw attempts. JWU returns to the Wildcat Center on Saturday to host Centenary College.