JBU Closes Successful Road Trip; Cole Ties Another Record
Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 14, 2006) — The John Brown Golden Eagles’ starting backcourt Saturday proved too much for the Lubbock Christian Chaparrals to handle, even with a home-court advantage. Senior Brandon Cole torched the Lubbock Christian defense for 36 points; junior Adam Workman scored 23 points; and senior Alex Terry scored 11 points and gave 5 assists to his teammates as they left west Texas with an 87-74 victory.
Cole’s 9 treys tied the JBU record for three-pointers in a game, something he has now done four times. But the Chaparrals were not prepared for Workman to chip in an additional 7 three-pointers. Tyler Dees and Cody Page each added a three-pointer to give the Golden Eagles an astounding 18 perimeter baskets on 32 attempts (56.3%). John Brown only scored seven two-point field goals and got the rest of their points at the free-throw line, where Cole was 7-for-7, and Terry was 7-for-12. The team made an even 76 % of its free throws (19-of-25).
Despite the Golden Eagles’ offensive tour de force, the outcome was in doubt until the second half. Lubbock Christian started the first four minutes of the game on a 9-0 run before Cole and Workman got untracked. Hearkening back to his MVP performance in last season’s NAIA championship game, Cole scored 12 points on four consecutive possessions by nailing three treys and three free throws. With the Golden Eagles trailing 38-34 just before halftime, Cole hit his sixth ‘3,’ and Jarrett McGriff answered a Chaparral basket by sinking a long jumper to bring the Golden Eagles within 40-39 at the break. John Brown (8-8, 3-2 SAC) outscored Lubbock Christian (4-11, 0-5 SAC) 48-34 in the second half.
The win was the Golden Eagles’ second-in-a-row on the road, providing them much- needed momentum in the Sooner Athletic Conference. They will now return Siloam Springs to prepare for Oklahoma City’s visit on Thursday night at 8:00.