Johnson and Wales Falls in GNAC Title Game Ending Season
Johnson and Wales news release…
New Haven. – The No. 2 seed Johnson & Wales University men’s basketball team fell to No. 1 seed Albertus Magnus, 98-85 in the finals of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship on the road on Saturday afternoon.
Johnson & Wales was led by junior Tom Garrick (Seekonk, Mass.) with 23 points and five rebounds while fellow junior Quarry Greenaway (Westchester, N.Y.) added 19 points with eight rebounds and five assists. Junior Robert Lewis (Providence, R.I.) notched 15 points, five boards, three assists and three steals while freshman Jarell Lawson (Providence, R.I.) had 12, three rebounds and three steals in the setback for the Wildcats. Garrick and Greenaway were named All-Tournament performers for Johnson & Wales.
Albertus Magnus senior Victor Ljuljdjuraj (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player as he tallied 24 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks while fellow senior Tavon Sledge (Spring Valley, N.Y.) finished the contest with a game-high 35 points as he added five assists and seven rebounds. Eian Davis (Brooklyn, Conn.) finished with 13 points and seven assists, while Lemar Larsen (Waterbury, Conn.) added 13 points and eight rebounds in the win for the Falcons.
Johnson & Wales had an early 10-7 lead after a layup by Greenaway with 17:16 left in the first half. Albertus Magnus regained the lead and held the 17-16 advantage with just under 12 minutes left in the first half. The Falcons then used an 11-0 to take their largest lead of the half. JWU battled back to cut the Albertus lead to two, 38-36 on a traditional three-point play from Lawson with 6:04 on the clock. Albertus Magnus took the 46-38 lead heading into halftime after shooting 60% (18-of-30) from the floor.
The Wildcats were able to cut the Albertus lead to six points at 58-52 on a dunk by Lawson with 16:39 left in the second half. The host Falcons were able to take control of the contest and push their lead back up to 16 with nine minutes left. The 16-point lead proved to be the Falcons’ largest of the contest as Albertus Magnus held on for the 98-85 victory.
With the loss Johnson & Wales is now 22-6 on the year while Albertus Magnus improves to 27-1 on the season. Albertus Magnus will find out who they will face in the first-round during the Division III Selection Show on Monday, March 2 at 12:30 p.m.