Slow first half hurts men's basketball

Slow first half hurts men's basketball

SHERMAN, TX - A slow start cost the Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team a chance an at SCAC road win Saturday night at Austin College. 

The Wildcats shot 34.3 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes, digging themselves a 15-point deficit in an eventual 91-81 loss to the Roos at Hughey Gym. 

JWU (2-18, 1-12) freshman Andray Thomas Jr. led all players with 29 points and added nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. Freshman Kaleb Atherley had a double-double for the fifth time this season with 13 points and 11 rebounds while sophomore Charles Young finished with 18 points, four assists and two steals.

Sophomore Shyreef Robins posted a career high with 13 points to go with three boards, two assists and a steal. 

Michael Holland and Roman Strickland had 18 points each to lead Austin (11-8, 8-4). The Roos shot 57.9 percent from the field and led JWU in points in the paint, 48-30, and bench scoring, 34-15. 

The Wildcats were plus-six on the glass (39-33) and plus-five in second-chance points (20-15).