Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 12, 2006) - A second-half surge by the John Brown Golden Eagles lost its momentum with seven minutes left Saturday night as the 6th-ranked Oklahoma City Stars went on a 17-5 run to claim a 77-64 Sooner Athletic Conference victory in Oklahoma City. Brandon Cole led all scorers with 27 points for John Brown (13-11, 8-6). His seven 3-pointers broke the overall NAIA record for 3-pointers in a career. Lorenzo Gordon scored 25 points for Oklahoma City (18-6, 12-1). Alex Terry scored 12 points for the Golden Eagles, including a rare 3-pointer, and Cody Page added 10 points.
After trailing the Stars 56-40 with 14:58 remaining in the game, the Golden Eagles launched a 9-0 run that ended with a layup by Cole at the 11:28 mark. He then nailed a 3-pointer to cut John Brown’s deficit to 60-58 with 8:40 left. A free throw by reserve forward Diogenes Molina cut the lead even further to 60-59, but the Stars responded forcefully with a 9-0 run capped by a 3-pointer by Gordon that gave them a 69-59 lead with 3:10 remaining.
Trevor Meier scored 15 points, and Rory Green added 12 for Oklahoma City.
Rebounding was a significant factor in the game’s outcome as Oklahoma City out-paced John Brown 35-23 in the category. The Golden Eagles shot 42.9% from the field and 38.7% from 3-point range, but the Stars made 51.1% and 41.7%, respectively.
The victory kept Oklahoma City atop the Sooner Athletic Conference standings, while John Brown remained in fourth place, still in the running for an NAIA tournament bid. Fifth-place Oklahoma Christian* lost to Lubbock Christian on the road Saturday, keeping them one-and-a-half games behind the Golden Eagles for the time being.
John Brown hosts Lubbock Christian Thursday at 8:00.