JBU Men Lose Third Straight

Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 15, 2005) — PLAINVIEW, TX—The John Brown University Golden Eagles lost their third straight conference game Saturday at Wayland Baptist University. The 65-56 loss drops the Golden Eagles to 10-5 overall and 1-3 in SAC play. The Golden Eagles struggled in the first half, shooting 36% from the field and 22% from beyond the arc. However the Golden Eagles were within five until Wayland went on a 6-0 run in the final two minutes of the half to take an 11 point lead to halftime. The Golden Eagles responded in the second half. Down 46-33 with 14:55 to play, JBU went on a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to three. The Golden Eagles got within one with 10 minutes to go, but could not manage to take the lead. Wayland ended the game on a 17-9 run, including a 3-pointer by point guard Kendall Webb with 70 seconds to play. The 3-pointer almost doubled the lead from four to seven. “There aren’t many places you can go in the conference and win scoring 56 points,” said Golden Eagle coach John Sheehy. JBU made a lineup change, inserting senior Pat Smits for Adam Workman to take advantage of a size mismatch. It worked as Smits led the team in scoring with a career high 18 points, on 7-13 shooting including 4-9 from downtown. JBU leading scorer Brandon Cole had 14 for the Golden Eagles, a marked improvement from his last trip to Wayland where he was held to a career low three points. Golden Eagle forward Reyjavick DeGracia was the only player on either team to tally double-digit rebounds, with 12. Wayland’s leading scorer, DeJuan Davis led all scorers with 19 and Kendall Webb had 18 for the Pioneers. The Golden Eagles will host the SAC leading Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers on Thursday at 8p.m in the Murray Sells Gymnasium.