Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 27, 2011) -
The JBU men bounced back from Monday’s disappointing loss to Southern Nazarene (Okla.) to defeat 21st ranked Northwestern Okla. State 60-58 on Thursday night in Bill George Arena.
With the win, the men step into a tie for third place with NOSU in the SAC standings with a 16-5 overall record and 8-5 record in the SAC. NOSU dropped to 14-7 and are also 8-5 conference play with the loss.
Coleson Rakestraw led JBU for a second consecutive game with 22 points after going 6-of-9 from downtown. Adrian Miller also reached double figures with 12 points, and Sam Bartlett finished with 11.
For NOSU, Brandon Harris led the way with 14 points, while Orren Tims was held to 12.
In the first half, JBU held the Rangers to 22 percent (6-of-27) from the field to go into the half ahead 30-15.
In the second half, JBU held on to the double digit lead early, but a pair of free throws from Thiago Guilherme sparked a 8-0 run that was capped off by a three from Harris to help NOSU pull within eight, 27-35, with 13:26 left to play.
JBU responded and pushed it back to a 12 point game after EJ McWoods converted from the foul line, but NOSU’s pressure allowed them to force several costly JBU turnovers, which helped them get back in the game.
With 2:09 left to play, Marhsall Bell drilled a deep three pointer to make it a two point game, but after a foul on the inbounds, Miller stepped up and sank two clutch freebies to help JBU maintain a narrow 56-52 cushion.
Tims responded with a three point play on the other end to make it 55-56, but on JBU’s next possession, McWoods penetrated, drew the defense, and found Rakestraw wide open in the corner for the trey with 11 seconds remaining to put JBU ahead 59-55.
It looked as though it was a wrap, but Harris came down and buried his fourth bomb of the night to make it 58-59 with three seconds left. But JBU was able to quickly get it inbounds to Rakestraw who was fouled and made 1-of-2 from the line. NOSU made one last desperation heave from midcourt, but came up empty as time expired.
For the game, JBU shot an impressive 52.9 percent (18-of-34) from the field, while holding NOSU to 37.3 percent (19-of-51). JBU also won the rebounding battle 29-26, but struggled in the turnover column with 21 against them.
The men won’t have long to relish the victory as they head to Oklahoma Christian on Saturday for an 8 p.m. tilt. Earlier in the season, OC defeated JBU 81-79 in Bill George Arena.