JBU Wins Home Opener Against Rhema
Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 12, 2001) — The John Brown University Golden Eagles men’s basketball team won its first home game Saturday night against Rhema College 110-78. The Golden Eagles are still undefeated on the season posting a 3-0 record. “It’s good to get the [first home game] behind us,” head coach John Sheehy said. “We played well in spurts, and we are obviously happy to be 3-0.”
JBU owned the first half finishing with a 58-34 lead. By the beginning of the second half the team pushed its lead to thirty and kept the spread around that mark for the rest of the game. Sheehy was able to rest his starters, none of whom played more than 22 minutes, and give everyone a chance to play in front of the home crowd. The bench for JBU contributed 58 points, just over half of the final score.
“It was good for everyone to get playing time and work on things,” senior Joe Manthe said. Sheehy was especially pleased with the team’s field goal percentage of 57 percent. “We just executed well,” junior Rusty East said. “The seniors played like seniors and that was the key to tonight’s win.”
JBU had six players score in double figures. Senior Jahir Mejia led the way with 18 points, senior Nathan Law recorded 13, East scored 12 points in his JBU debut, senior Aldo McKay was perfect from the field as well as from the line ending up with 11 points, and seniors Dru Wheatcroft and Chris Cameron both scored 10 points.
Freshman Reyjavick De Garcia led the Golden Eagles in rebounds with eight, and senior Simeon Hinsey dished out seven assists to lead the team.
The Golden Eagles' next game is on Monday, Nov. 12 against Lyon College.