Recap Courtesy Johnson & Wales Sports Information
Charlotte, NC - The Johnson & Wales Charlotte men's basketball team moved two games over .500 for the first time this season after winning a pair of EMAC conference games this weekend.
Friday against Regent, the Wildcats opened up a 17-7 lead in the game's first eight minutes and never looked back. JWU shot 58.1% from the field in the first half, including 54.5% from three (6-11) in building a 49-30 halftime advantage. JWU kept the pressure up in the second stanza, scoring 51 points to win 100-68. Anthoney Ray scored 17 points to lead the way for JWU, while JC Cooper came off the bench to score 14 points. JWU shot 52.9% for the game, and 12-21 from three point range. The Wildcats also commited a season-low 9 turnovers.
They took to the court 22 hours later against Apprentice School. The Widcats again got off to a quick start, as Anthoney Ray's three pointer with 13:17 left in the first half put JWU up 19-11. Jaylen Dibble's layup just over three minutes later put the Wildcats up double-digits at 29-19. JWU again extended it's advantage a the end of the first half, leading 45-32 after twenty minutes. The second half saw both teams pick up the scoring pace. JWU scored the first 9 points of the period, pushing their lead to 54-32. The Wildcats maintained a comfortable advantage for the first 13 minutes of the second half, before the Builders' Corey Joyner got hot from three and pulled Apprentice to as close as ten points. Joyner scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, and made half of his 10 three point attempts in the period. JWU made 5 of their last 7 field goal attempts to quell the Apprentice comeback. JC Cooper's free throw with 2 seconds left pushed JWU to the 100 point mark for the second straight game.
Each of the five JWU starters scored in double figures. Anthoney Ray scored 17 points, Fred Patterson had 14, and Collin Irby had 10 points. Zyrion Wilkins scored 13 points and also had 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Jaylen Benson-Hollinhead scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Jaylen Dibble had 12 points off the bench.
JWU improves to 12-10 on the season, and 7- 1 in EMAC play. Regent drops to 3-13 and 1-5 in EMAC action, while Apprentice falls to 10-12 and 4-3 in the EMAC.