PROVIDENCE, R.I. - With an outside shot to host the first round of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament, the Regis (Mass.) men's basketball team could not do its part, losing at Johnson & Wales (RI) 86-67 in the Pride's conference finale on Tuesday.
With the victory, the Wildcats locked up the number two seed in next week's GNAC Tournament. Johnson & Wales will host a quarterfinal game on February 20 and a semifinal game on February 22 should it advance.
JWU used a 19-7 run halfway through the first period to open a 24-11 advantage on a Donovian Maxfield three pointer. The Wildcats took a 42-25 lead into the half. An Ademola Afonja dunk cut the JWU lead to 48-32, but the Wildcats responded with a 20-4 run to put the game out of reach.
The Wildcats forced the Pride into 21 turnovers, which Johnson & Wales converted into 30 points.
Leading all players with 25 points was the Wildcats' Jarell Lawson for his fourth 20-point game of the year. Brian Hogan-Gary just missed a double-double with 19 points and eight rebounds. Rookie Nate Patenaude pulled in a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Pride wrap up the regular season with a non-conference matchup against Pine Manor on Thursday, Feb. 15. Tipoff at Higgins Court is set for 6:00 p.m.
Recap courtesy of JWU Sports Information