Men Suffer Tough Loss at OC

Andrius Mikutis scored 21 points on Saturday night against OC.

Andrius Mikutis scored 21 points on Saturday night against OC.

Oklahoma City (January 29, 2011) — The JBU men’s basketball team gave up a 72-69 decision to Oklahoma Christian on Saturday night dropping them to 16-6 overall and 8-6 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

OC, meanwhile, improved to 14-7 and 8-6.

Andrius Mikutis had his best offensive output since returning from injury in early January to score 21 points and grab seven boards.  Adrian Miller also scored in double figures finishing with 14.

Kendre Talley led OC with 16 points including two clutch free-throws at the end of the game to help the Eagles hang on for the win.

Despite a slow start to the game, JBU managed to get rolling late in the first half and pulled within one point, 34-35, heading into the locker rooms.

After briefly gaining the lead right out of the gates in the second period, JBU fell behind, but recaptured the lead after Miller scored at the 13:32 mark to put JBU ahead 46-44.  But OC responded and tied things up at 48 after a free-throw from Jeff Crocker with 11:48 to go. 

From this point, OC went on an 8-3 run capped off by a three point play from Talley to go up 58-51 with 8:33 left in the game.

JBU fought back within two at the 5:18 mark after Mikutis scored, but another OC run put them ahead by eight, 67-59, with 1:39 left.  Just as the game seemed out of reach, JBU gave one final push and went on a 10-3 run capped off by a four-point play from Ryland Allen, which made it a one point 70-69 OC lead with 10 seconds remaining in the game. 

After a timeout, JBU set up a press and Thomas Galliguez stole the inbound play but gave it right back when Talley managed to poke it away and get fouled in the process. 

Talley sank both free-throws to make it a one possession game with seven seconds left, but Miller’s three point attempt fell short as OC held on for the win.

For the game, JBU shot 37.7 percent (23-of-61), while giving up 47.7 percent (21-of-44) to OC.

JBU held a slight margin on the glass taking the 35-34 advantage.  JBU also took care of the ball by only committing 12 turnovers while forcing 17.

JBU will have a chance to redeem themselves on Thursday when they return home to face St. Gregory’s (Okla.) at 8 p.m. in Bill George Arena.

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