Siloam Springs, Arkansas (February 11, 2012) - by Jessica Flynn
The 15th ranked John Brown University's Golden Eagles beat Northwestern Oklahoma State University's Rangers 81-79 in Bill George Arena Saturday evening. JBU advances to an overall record of 21-5 and 13-5 in the SAC.
Four JBU players finished in double digits led by senior Adrian Miller and junior EJ McWoods both with 17 points. Senior Andy Garcia scored 11 points and had a game high 11 boards. Redshirt-junior Abel Galliguez tossed in 10 points and led JBU in assists with five.
For NOSU (11-14, 8-10 SAC), five players hit double digits led by Jonathan Freemyer with 19. Marshall Bell tossed in 17 and Jeremy Felton followed with 12. Daryl Glover added 11 to the board and also led NOSU in assists with six. Eze Akwari finished close behind with 10 points and five assists for NOSU.
During the first half, NOSU took the lead and held it the entire time. JBU was down by nine points by the 12:24 mark, but was able to shorten NOSU's lead to only three points by the 9:18 mark. JBU, however, was not able to keep up the pace and NOSU advanced to a 16-point lead by the last four minutes. The half ended in silence as NOSU's Ryan Bruce banked in a long three-point buzzer beater giving them the 11-point, 43-32, lead at halftime.
Racing out of the locker, JBU picked up the pace during the second half and took the lead for the first time at the 14:44 mark after Galliguez capped off a 14-1 run with a three-pointer.
From there, the game was neck-and-neck with seven ties until Miller sparked a 9-2 run giving JBU an eight point lead with 44 seconds remaining. As time winded down, NOSU fouled several times in hopes of catching up. However, JBU continued to knock down shots from the line finishing 25-of-34 from the charity stripe for 79.4 percent.
With nine seconds left and only two points ahead, JBU's Thomas Galliguez was fouled and went back to the line where he sank both freethrows. NOSU made several last ditch attempts to close the gap but came up empty.
Overall, NOSU shot 46.6 percent (27-of-58) from the paint and 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from 3-point range. JBU, meanwhile, shot 44.2 percent (23-of-53) from the floor, and 29.6 percent (8-of-27) from 3-point distance, but won the rebound battle 39-28.
Next, JBU will hit the road to face Mid-America Christian University (Okla.) on Thursday, February 16 at 8 p.m.