Charlotte, NC - Senior Rickey Porter came up clutch in his final appearance for Johnson & Wales, scoring 23 second half points - including the final seven of the game - to lead the Wildcats to a 91-89 victory over The Apprentice School on Thursday at the Wildcat Center.
The program's all-time leading scorer and reigning USCAA Player of the Year shot 9-of-13 in the second half for the Wildcats (10-19), including a layup with six seconds remaining to secure the win.
He finished with 26 points on the day, giving him 1,660 total points in three seasons - nearly 500 points better than any other player in program history.
Alcyone Moore finished with 15 points while Christian Cresswell added 13 points on 6-for-6 shooting for Johnson & Wales. Miles Myrick came off the bench to score 11 points while senior Jayvoie Parker finished with 10.
Porter struggled to get involved in the first half, finishing with just three points and one rebound. The Apprentice School gave the Wildcats fits in the opening 20 minutes as forwards Zach Johnson and Willie Bass combined for 23 points and limited the effectiveness of Johnson & Wales in the paint.
Johnson & Wales opened the second half with a 14-3 run, including six quick points by Porter. Even as the Builders chipped away at a 13 point deficit, Porter continued his strong play and helped ensure his final game in a Wildcat uniform would end in victory.
Builders guard Jalen Warren led all scorers with 28 points on the afternoon while Johnson (24 points) and Bass (11 points) also reached double figures.