PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Wesleyan men's basketball team lost on a buzzer-beater Tuesday night when Nate Patenaude knocked down a fadeaway three from the corner as time expired to lift Johnson & Wales to a 70-67 victory.
Jordan James recorded a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds but the Cardinals dropped to 9-5 overall following the loss. Patenaude finished with 15 points while Brian Hogan-Gary led all players with 25 as the Wildcats improved to 8-7.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan scored the first five points of the game and led the entire first half.
- A dunk by Preston Maccoux with 11:11 remaining gave the Cardinals a double-digit lead as they went up 23-13.
- The rest of the half featured some back-and-forth action and with four seconds left, James went to the line and hit 1-of-2 to give the visitors a 45-31 halftime advantage.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan continued to extend its lead in the second half and with 12:36 to play, a jumper by Gabe Millstein put the Cardinals up 62-44.
- Johnson & Wales rallied, however, and went on a 12-0 run over the next six minutes to get within six.
- The run continued for the home team as a 3-pointer by Justin Bullock evened the score at 64-64 with 1:56 on the clock, and 12 seconds later, a free throw by Hogan-Gary gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game.
- A foul shot by Antone Walker tied the game and a layup by Sam Peek with 57 seconds left gave the visitor's a brief lead.
- However, just 13 seconds later, Patenaude tied the game and after Wesleyan came away scoreless on the other end, the home team took over with 24 seconds to play. After a couple missed shots, Patenaude eventually knocked down the three from the corner right before the clock expired.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- James was joined in double-figures by Peek and Walker who dropped 13 and 11, respectively. Peek added nine boards and Walker dished out three assists. Gabe Ravetz and Shackylle Dezonie each scored six off the bench.
- Hogan-Gary and Patenaude also led the Wildcats in rebounds and assists as they both recorded nine and two, respectively. Patenaude also blocked a game-high three shots. Danny Ampofo was the only bench player to score for Johnson & Wales as he totaled nine points.
- Wesleyan is back in action on Friday, January 17 and will play at Trinity at 7 p.m.