Golden Eagles Squeak Out Win at St. Gregory’s
Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 9, 2006) — For the second time in three weeks, the John Brown Golden Eagles pulled out a one-point victory over St. Gregory’s, taking a 57-56 win over the Cavaliers Thursday night in Shawnee, Okla. The Golden Eagles fought back from an 11-point first-half deficit, and Alex Terry's two free throws with 0.6 seconds left clinched the game. Brandon Cole scored 15 points to lead the Golden Eagles, and Terry scored 13 while contributing 5 assists. Joel Tesis posted a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds, and Adam Workman scored 10 points.
John Brown’s normally dominant three-point shooting was absent against St. Gregory’s as the Golden Eagles made just 3-of-21 from behind the arc (14%). But they out-rebounded the Cavaliers by an overwhelming 41-24 margin including a 19-8 edge in offensive rebounding.
The win improved John Brown’s record to 13-10 overall and 8-4 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Oklahoma Christian, the team the Golden Eagles are trying to fend off to stay in fourth place and NAIA tournament contention, lost on Thursday dropping them a game-and-a-half behind John Brown.
Luke Simpson led the Cavaliers (7-17, 1-11 SAC) with 15 points. J.R. Rogers and Patrick Jones added 14 and 10, respectively.
John Brown will visit NAIA Division I 6th-ranked Oklahoma City on Saturday at 8:00.