Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 5, 2009) - Although Davaughn Jackson tallied a career high 29 points in front of the home crowd in Murray Sells on Thursday night, it wasn’t enough as the Golden Eagles fell 71-76 to conference rival Northwestern Okla. State.
Jackson led JBU (16-7, 9-6) after grabbing 10 boards to go along with his high point production. Wes Brown also had a big night for JBU with 14 points and six boards, and Cody Page finished with 12 after going 3-of-8 from downtown.
For NOSU (15-8, 10-5), four Rangers finished in double-digits led by Brandon Brown with 23 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Brandon Dixon added 16 and seven, while Catrell Currie and Termaine Snyder totaled 15 and 10 points respectively.
With 21 seconds remaining in the game, Page drilled a deep three to pull the Golden Eagles within one, 71-72. But on the next possession, the Golden Eagles tried to steal the inbound but were forced to foul and sent Currie to the line where he sank both free-throws to give his team the three-point, 74-71, cushion.
On the next trip down, Page got open off the screen and had an open look to force overtime, but his shot went wide as NOSU corralled the board and was sent to charity stripe where Brown sealed the deal after knocking down both freebies with 2.7 seconds remaining.
The first half saw both teams get of to a frantic pace as there were several lead changes and ties before the Rangers took a ten-point, 29-19, lead with 4:44 left. JBU responded just before half with a 10-5 run and was able to cut it down to 36-31 before the break.
On the night, the Golden Eagles hit 27-of-58 (46.6%) of their attempts, but struggled from deep only hitting 4-of-16 (25%).
For NOSU, they went 28-of-60 (46.7%) overall, but fared a little better from long distance after going 8-of-25 (32%).
The rebounding edge went to JBU 39-31, but the Golden Eagles committed 14 turnovers to nine by the Rangers.
JBU entered tonight’s game in a three-way tie for third place in the Sooner Athletic Conference with NOSU and Oklahoma Christian, but with the JBU loss, NOSU now takes over sole possession of third place, and JBU sits tied at fourth with Oklahoma Christian after they fell to Rogers State on Thursday night.
This set’s up a huge game for JBU this upcoming Saturday when they travel to the Eagle’s Nest to take on Oklahoma Christian this Saturday for an 8 p.m. tipoff.