Bethany, Okla. (January 24, 2011) - After leading most of the way on Monday night, the JBU men’s basketball team didn’t have enough to finish off the 12th ranked Crimson Storm of Southern Nazarene (Okla.) and eventually fell 55-51 in a low scoring affair.
JBU drops to 15-5 overall and 7-5 in the Sooner Athletic Conference while SNU improves to 16-3 and 9-2.
Coleson Rakestraw and Ryland Allen broke out of their shooting slump to lead JBU with 15 and 11 points respectively.
For SNU, Jon West led the way with 17 points followed by Xavier Alexander with 15.
After leading for most of the first half, JBU held a 28-22 advantage heading into the locker rooms.
JBU came out hot and went 6-of-10 from downtown in the period, while SNU struggled to find their shooting touch with a 0-for-6 effort from long range.
In the second half, JBU pushed their lead to 10, 34-24, after Andy Garcia scored in the paint. But SNU charged back and pulled with three, 31-34, after West capped off a 7-0 run with a bucket on the inside with 15:12 to go in the game.
After a series of ties and lead changes during the final five minutes, Alexander gave SNU the lead for good after an offensive rebound and put back made it 47-46 SNU with 3:32 remaining. JBU never got over the hump from this point.
For the game, JBU shot 37 percent (17-of-46) while giving up 41.3 percent (19-of-46) to SNU.
Up next, the Golden Eagles begin the second half of conference play at home against Northwestern Okla. State on Thursday at 8 p.m. Earlier in the season, NWOSU defeated JBU 90-79 in Alva, Oklahoma.