Colorado College Men's Basketball: Turnovers Prove Costly in Loss at JWU

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DENVER – Johnson & Wales University scored 24 points off 16 Colorado College turnovers and held off a late rally to record an 88-78 victory over the Tigers in a non-conference game on Tuesday night at the Wildcat Center.
JWU opened the second half with an 18-4 run to build a 15-point lead with 15:24 to play, but CC clawed its way back to within 68-66 when senior guard John Hatch completed a three-point play with 6:10 on the clock.
The Tigers were still within two points after sophomore forward CooXooEii Black sank a pair of free throws with 4:29 to go, but that proved to be as close as Colorado College would get.
Layups by sophomore guard Cole Moore and senior forward Bryson Sharpley stretched the Wildcat lead to six, and after Black converted on one of two free throws, Johnson & Wales put the game out of reach with a 6-2 surge.
Andrew Romero poured in 38 points to lead JWU, which improved to 3-16. The junior guard also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to complete his double-double.
Hatch finished with a team-high 25 points for the Tigers, who slipped to 6-8.
Eric Houska scored 18 of his 20 points during the first half to help keep CC within striking distance. The senior guard also dished out a game-high seven assists.
Black produced 18 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers.
Junior guard Jontrell Herman scored 19 points for the Wildcats, while Sharpley finished with 13.
Other than turnovers, Colorado College held an advantage in almost every phase of the game.
The Tigers shot almost 53 percent from the floor, compared to 44.4 percent for JWU.
CC also was 8-for-18 from behind the arc, while the Wildcats connected on 6 of 16.
Johnson & Wales made 20 of 26 free throws, while Colorado College was 14 of 18.
After losing 11 in a row to the Tigers from 2009 through 2016, Johnson & Wales now has won three straight and cut CC’s lead in the series to 12-7.
Colorado College returns to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Friday when Austin College visits Reid Gymnasium for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.