PROVIDENCE, RI. – The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team had several chances to complete a last-minute comeback against Fisher but couldn't come through in crunch time. The Wildcats dropped 70-66 decision to the Falcons on Wednesday.
Johnson & Wales: 14-10
Elijah Lewis (JWU): 14 points, 15 rebounds
Marad Banks (JWU): 18 points, 6 rebounds
Malik Wilson (FC): 23 points, 10 rebounds
Fisher built a 67-61 lead with 3:36 left in the game. Freshmen Israel Johnson (Southampton, NY) and Elijah Lewis (Bridgeport, Conn.) hit back-to-back baskets to pull the Wildcats within 67-66 one minute later. Unfortunately, the Wildcats missed their last four shots and committed two turnovers down the stretch.
Lewis produced the first double-double of his collegiate career with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Rookie Marad Banks (Newark, NJ) came off the bench to record a career-high 18 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals. Matt Madoian (North Kingstown, RI) was the third Wildcat in double figures with 16 points.
Both teams shot 34 percent from the floor and the Wildcats made two more 3-pointers than the Falcons. The difference in the game was the free throw line where Fisher was 21-29 (72.4 percent) while JWU went 7-13 (53.8 percent). The Falcons were 15-20 at the charity stripe in the second half.