Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 26, 2002) - The Golden Eagles men’s basketball team nearly pulled off a sweep defeating No. 21 Wayland Baptist 74-71 on Thursday, but came up short when a game tying three pointer went in and out at the buzzer against Lubbock Christian losing 55-58 on Saturday. The Golden Eagles women’s team lost two heartbreaking games both decided in the final seconds losing 53-49 to Wayland Baptist and 52-54 to Lubbock Christian.
The Golden Eagles men’s team behind a great game by Nathan Law, scoring 26 points and hauling in 9 rebounds, upended Wayland Baptist 74-71. JBU trailed by 2 points 37-39 at the break, but a couple of big plays down the stretch by senior Chris Cameron made the difference. Cameron ended up with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Wayland was lead by Josh Padgett with 17 points.
JBU dominated the first half on Saturday leading by 9 points at intermission against LCU before life on the road seemed to catch up to the Golden Eagles. JBU went nearly 8 minutes to begin the second half without scoring as LCU built the lead up to 9 points. The Golden Eagles refused to quit, storming back in the final minutes only to have a tying 3-pointer go in and out at the buzzer. Jahir Mejia put in another huge performance with 16 points and 17 rebounds, while LCU receive 40 points off their bench. JBU moves to 15-6 and 5-4 in SAC play.
The JBU women’s team looked to be in control on Thursday night going into the break with a 29-19 lead. Shooting woes the second half did in the Golden Eagles as they shot a mere 31 percent and only one for eight from behind the arc in the second frame. JBU was lead by Lara Keeling with 17 points, while WBU was lead by Cassie Birkenfeld with 17 points.
On Saturday the Golden Eagles looked to be headed to overtime as Lara Keeling put in a put back tying the contest at 52 with only 12 seconds to play, but Lubbock Christian’s Shelby Williams throws in a left handed lay up in traffic at the buzzer to dash the Golden Eagles hope 54-52. Keeling once again lead the Golden Eagles with 16 points and 6 rebounds. LCU was lead by Mamy N’Kolomoni with 19 points and 9 rebounds. JBU falls to 9-11 overall and 1-8 in SAC play.
JBU travels to Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Thursday, before coming back home Saturday to take on Oklahoma Christian University at 6 & 8 p.m.