Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 4, 2005) - The 8th-ranked John Brown Golden Eagles opened their 2005-06 season at home with a 75-63 win over Hillsdale Baptist (Okla.) Friday night in a packed Murray Sells Athletic Center. Senior guard Brandon Cole scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting to lead the Golden Eagles. Junior guard Adam Workman and freshman forward Cody Page joined Cole in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Hillsdale Baptist’s Jimmy Gibbs led all scorers with 22.
Friday was the Golden Eagles’ annual Toilet Paper Game. Fans hurled more than a thousand rolls of toilet paper into the air and onto the court when senior guard Alex Terry scored John Brown’s first field goal of the season with 18:15 remaining in the first half. The 3-1 lead was short-lived; however, as the Saints tied the game at the 17:51 mark and then led until Cole tied the game15-15 with a trey at the 10:28 mark. Page gave the Golden Eagles a lead they would never again surrender with another trey at 8:52.
John Brown led 39-34 at halftime and continued to stretch the lead gradually throughout the second half. Junior transfer Jake Anderson played for John Brown one day after rolling an ankle and scored 6 points. Anderson was the Golden Eagles’ leading rebounder with 7 grabs. For the game, John Brown out-rebounded Hillsdale Baptist 27-19 after being tied 10-10 at the break.
Hillsdale Baptist out-shot John Brown 58% to 50% in the first half, but the Golden Eagle’s defense stiffened in the second half, cutting the Saints percentage to 32% for the half and 44% for the game. After the game, Sheehy gave the defense credit for the victory.
Offensively, the Golden Eagles shot 53% for the game after a 56.5% second half. John Brown made 11 three-point baskets, five of which were by Cole. Workman added 3 and Page nailed 2, while freshman Wes Brown contributed another.
The game was the first opportunity fans had to see John Brown’s 8 newcomers in action. Anderson, Page, and Brown all made significant contributions, and Sheehy cleared the bench late in the game, much to the delight of the over-capacity crowd.
“This is one of the best atmospheres you can find for small college basketball,” Sheehy commented on the raucous crowd.
John Brown (1-0) travels to Lyon (Ark.) Monday night for an 8:00 tip-off.