DENVER - Johnson & Wales University freshman Kaleb Atherley set the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference single-game rebounding record Saturday night when he collected 27 boards against Centenary College.
Atherley broke Millsaps' Edrick Montgomery's 14-year record of 26 rebounds set Jan. 3, 2006 against Oglethrope.
Atherley had 15 defensive rebounds and 12 on the offensive end, nearly out-rebounding the visiting Gents as a team (30-27). Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the terrific individual performance was not enough as Centenary pulled away in the final minutes for an 85-79 victory.
After getting off to a rough start, trailing by as much as 20 and by a score of 44-28 at halftime, the Wildcats roared back in the second half. JWU Denver (2-16, 1-10) outscored Centenary 23-6 for an eight-minute stertch midway through the second half, turning a 14-point deficit into a three-point lead, 69-66, with 4:15 to play. But the Gents were able to regroup and pull away over the final minutes, protecting their lead at the free throw line to claim the SCAC win.
JWU freshman Andray Thomas Jr. scored 29 points and had seven rebounds and four steals to lead his team offensively. Atherley finished with his fourth double-double of the season, adding 18 points to go with his 27 rebounds. Freshman Jaerron Hunter set a career high with eight assists to go with 15 points while sophomore Charles Young contributed 10 points.
Cedric Harris had 29 points to lead the Gents (9-9, 6-5), who shot 50.9 percent from the floor and 13-0 in bench points.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday at the University of Dallas.