PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Johnson & Wales completed the conference schedule with a 17-1 record, its best league record ever. The 23 victories ties the 2013-14 team for the most wins in school history. The top seed in the upcoming GNAC Tournament, JWU will play host to St. Joseph’s of Maine on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
A pair of Jayson Clark free throws narrowed the JWU margin to 22-19 at the 11:07 mark of the first half, but from there the Wildcats went on an 8-0 to push the margin to 30-19. Early in the second half, the Mustangs got the Wildcat lead to 10 but gradually Johnson & Wales increased the margin to 21, 72-51, on a Tom Garrick (Seekonk, Mass.) layup at the 10:30 mark. The lead grew to as many as 25, 76-51, on a Quarry Greenaway (Westchester, Mass.) tip in.
The tandem of Greenaway and Garrick have been leading the way for the Wildcats the last three years, so senior night shouldn’t be any different. Greenaway tossed in 30 points and snared a season-high 16 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the year. Garrick was next with 29 points to go along with five rebounds and four blocks.
The Wildcats forced the Mustangs into 24 turnovers, including 16 steals, which they converted to 26 points. Junior Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, Conn.) came off the bench to score 16 points while grabbing six steals. Senior Robert Lewis produced nine points, seven rebounds and five steals.
Johnson & Wales was strong inside, outrebounding Mount Ida, 46-to-33. Five different Wildcats had at least four rebounds. JWU also held a 54-to-26 margin for points in the paint.
Johnson & Wales opens the GNAC Tournament Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. versus St. Joseph’s of Maine. JWU beat the Monks 93-51 and 82-61 during the regular season.