Men Struggle to Find Shooting Touch

Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 5, 2008) — John Brown men’s basketball couldn’t find their shot on Saturday night and eventually fell 71-58 against conference opponent Wayland Baptist in Murray Sells Gymnasium.

JBU (8-5, 1-4) only managed to hit eight first half field goals and fell behind 30-19 at halftime. Wayland Baptist (7-5, 3-2) used JBU’s misfortune to their advantage and carried their momentum over into the second half where they opened on a 10-5 run to increase their lead by 18, 42-24, with 14:49 left in the game.

With 8:39 on the clock, WBU had their biggest lead of the game at 55-32. But the Golden Eagles would bring it to within seven after James Manthe capped off a 17-5 run to cut it to 54-61 at the 2:37 mark.

In the final two minutes, however, the Golden Eagles ran out of steam and the Pioneers regained control of the contest and held on for the 13-point win.

Leading scorers for JBU were Joel Tesis with 17 points and five rebounds. And Manthe finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Wayland Baptist had a balanced scoring attack with four players reaching double figures led by Lee Berend with 13.

The Golden Eagles managed to hit only 29% of their shots (18-62). Meanwhile, the Pioneers hit 46% (26-56) of their attempts. John Brown also lost the battle of the boards 37-42. But they only committed 18 turnovers while creating 21 from Wayland Baptist.

JBU returns to the floor at home on Thursday at 8 p.m. against Science and Arts of Okla. Then they’ll be on the road for five out of the next six games.