JBU Drops Heartbreaker to Concordia

Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 26, 2004) — JBU fought desperately to make school history today before dropping a disappointing loss 70-65 to # 6 seed Concordia (CA) in the round of 16 at the NAIA National Basketball Tournament in Kansas City. The Golden Eagles trailed the Eagles of Concordia through the first 12 minutes of play before Brandon Cole hit a trey to give JBU its first lead at 19-18. The lead changed hands 4 times before the half with JBU taking a 34-30 lead into the locker room. Cole led the way for the Golden Eagles in the first period with 14 of his game high 21 points. JBU came out strong in the opening minutes of the second half scoring the first 5 points increasing the lead to 9 before going cold and allowing a 12-0 run by the No. 4 team in the nation that gave Concordia an advantage at 42-39 with 13:35 to play in the game. It was not until the 4:42 mark in the second period that JBU was able to take another lead when Scott Reasoner hit a three-pointer putting the score at 56-55 in favor of the Golden Eagles. Nick Vanderlaan of Concordia came right back with a two pointer to put Concordia up by 1 and then Abdiel Mendieta hit a duece to give JBU a 1 point advantage with 3:49 to play. Cole hit his 5th trey of the day with 3:10 to play to give JBU a 2 point lead at 61-59. With 2:26 to play, Cole was fouled and failed to convert on either of the free throws keeping the margin at 2. Concordia's Tanner Luster then hit a two-pointer and was fouled that allowed him to make it a three point play giving the Eagles a 1 point lead at 62-61. Mendieta came back with 2 at 1:55, followed by Luster's two free throws which kept the 1 point advantage at 64-63 for Concordia with 1:46 remaining. JBU was able to get only two more on a short jumper by Alex Terry with 4 seconds left but Concordia picked up another 6 points, 4 coming on free throws in the last 10 seconds to get the victory. Mendieta had 22 points to top the scoring for JBU. His 22 boosted him to 6th on the all-time JBU scoring list with 1429 career points. Cole, with 5 three-pointers, ended with 21 points and has topped the 1000 career point mark in his second year with a total of 1076. Cole's 5 treys put him at 257 for his career, also a JBU school record breaking the old mark of 234.