Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 1, 2005) - John Brown’s Brandon Cole hit a three-pointer with 9:59 remaining in the first half to tie the all-time four-year college record for consecutive games with a made three-point basket. But Norris Weintz’s 27 points were more important to the Lyon (Ark.) Scots as they defeated the John Brown Golden Eagles 65-62 Thursday night in Siloam Springs.
After a back-and-forth first half that ended with John Brown leading 30-28, Lyon steadily pushed out to a nine-point 52-43 lead with 8:56 remaining. But free throws by Cole and Alex Terry brought the Golden Eagles within two before Cole hit another trey to temporarily give them a 53-52 lead with 4:54 left. Adam Workman and Joel Tesis made free throws to extend the lead to two points, but Lyon’s Jonathan Donaldson hit a 3-pointer to give the lead back to the Scots, 58-57. Workman then nailed a trey with 2:05 left to lift the Golden Eagles to a 60-58 lead. Donaldson answered right back, however, hitting his fifth trey of the evening to put Lyon up 61-60. Forced to foul, John Brown gave up free throws to Weintz and Levi Taylor in the final thirty seconds.
Cole finished with 14 points, but Tesis led John Brown with a career-high 18 points and 13 rebounds. Workman added 16 points and 6 rebounds. Donaldson contributed 19 for Lyon.
The record Cole tied represents all divisions of both the NCAA and the NAIA. He will have the chance to break it Monday night when the Golden Eagles (3-5) visit Park in Kansas City, Mo., at 7:00. The current record is 111 games, and Cole now shares it with Mike Penberthy, who played for The Master’s College (Calif.) from 1993-1997.