Charlotte, N.C. - After receiving a #12 ranking, moving up 2 spots from the previous weeks, the Warren Wilson Owls were defeated by a red-hot #6 Johnson & Wales Wildcat team. The Wildcats came into the game on an 11 game win streak, were led to victory by dead-eye shooting from their perimeter players.
The Wildcats would take a commanding lead into the half, but the Owls refused to be denied. The Owls would cut the Wildcats lead to 10 midway through the second half, but were unable to cut into it anymore.
"We were a completely different team in the second half. 67 points in a half is not easy, and we did it with ease. We dug a hole too deep early in the game, which is what we have done all year. It's unfortunate that we have not been able to put 2 great halves of basketball together this season. We have had plenty of opportunities to make our statement that we can compete with the best of the best in our league, even with us being as new as we are, but again, we didnt capitalize when the opportunities presented themselves. Take nothing away from JWU. They are playing great basketball. They are playing inspired, determined, basketball. Those are the types of teams that make runs in the national tournament. If they continue to play the way they are, dont be surprised if you see them make a deep playoff run," stated head coach Anthony Barringer.
Jordan Gant led the Owls with 34 points. With this performance, he is currently leading the USCAA in Points Per Game at 24.8 PPG.
The Owls return to Devries for their final home game of the season, and their final regular season game, as they host Blue Lights College. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 P.M.