JBU Men Upset Wayland Baptist 77-56
Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 16, 2002) —
Siloam Springs, Ark. (Feb 16, 2002) – Wayland Baptist University’s men’s basketball team came to John Brown University on Saturday with an 11-4 Sooner Athletic Conference record, good enough for third in the conference, and a NAIA top 25 ranking. It left with its second conference road loss.
After upsetting SAC fifth ranked team Lubbock Christian University at home on Thursday, JBU handed Wayland Baptist a 21-point loss, playing giant killer yet again. JBU beat WBU 77-56.
Senior guard Simeon Hinsey set the pace for JBU, scoring 15 of his team high 21 points in the first half. Hinsey shot 8-for-10 from the field and dished out four assists. Senior center Jahir Mejia started off the second half with two straight field goals and set the tone for the second half. He finished with 16 points, also shooting 80 percent from the field. Senior guard Joe Manthe scored nine points and distributed five assists.
Defense won the game for JBU. The team held WBU to 31 percent shooting, and clamped down beyond the perimeter allowing WBU to only hit 2-of-16 shots from behind the arc.
The Golden Eagles are now 17-10 on the season, 7-8 in SAC play. Wayland Baptist is 17-9, 11-5 in conference competition.
JBU’s final home game is on Monday, and the SAC giants keep on getting bigger. The Monday game is against SAC first place team, Oklahoma Baptist University, which is also ranked third in the NAIA.