Men Shoot Down No. 21 Stars

Adrian Miller poured in 19 points and grabbed six boards to help JBU defeat No. 21 OCU on Monday night in Bill George Arena.

Adrian Miller poured in 19 points and grabbed six boards to help JBU defeat No. 21 OCU on Monday night in Bill George Arena.

Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 3, 2011) — The JBU men’s basketball team got back to their winning ways on Monday night in Bill George Arena after knocking off 21st ranked Oklahoma City 76-71.

The win pushes the men to 11-3 overall and 3-3 in the SAC.  OCU falls to 10-4 and 3-3 in the SAC.

Three JBU players had double digit scoring led by junior Adrian Miller with 19 points and six rebounds.  Senior Sam Bartlett finished with 17 points and six boards.  And junior Andy Garcia tossed in 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds to go with a block and a steal.

Nate Flowers led OCU with 16 points and nine rebounds.  And Johnny Stephene added 12 points.

Both teams matched the other point for point in the first period before OCU claimed a one point 33-32 edge heading into halftime.

In the second period, JBU fell behind early 50-44 before tying things up at 58 after a layup by Bartlett with 7:05 left in the game.  JBU never looked behind from this point and pushed their lead to as many as eight, 70-62, after a pair of Miller freebies at the 2:10 mark. With eight seconds left, OCU’s Stephene banked in a three pointer to make it 74-71, but that would be as close as it would get.

For the game, JBU shot 49.1 percent (28-of-57) from the field, but their shooting woes from long range continued as they only hit 28.6 percent (4-of-14).  OCU shot 45.6 percent (26-of-57) from the floor including 50 percent (11-of-22) from three, but only managed to get to the foul line nine times where they went 88.9 percent (8-of-9).  JBU dominated the glass 37-25 and managed to keep their turnovers in check with only 10 on the night. 

Up next, JBU returns home on Thursday night to face seventh-ranked Oklahoma Baptist at 8 p.m.

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Adrian Miller poured in 19 points and grabbed six boards to help JBU defeat No. 21 OCU on Monday night in Bill George Arena.

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Adrian Miller poured in 19 points and grabbed six boards to help JBU defeat No. 21 OCU on Monday night in Bill George Arena.