Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 27, 2006) - The John Brown Golden Eagles prevailed 48-44 over Northeastern State in a low-scoring affair Monday night in Tahlequah, Okla. Adam Workman’s 14 points and 6 rebounds, along with Joel Tesis’ 10 points and 7 rebounds, pushed John Brown (7-2) through the struggle despite the Golden Eagles’ 33% team shooting. The Redmen fared little better, however, making just 34% of their shots.
The first half ended with John Brown leading 16-15, but as slowly as the scoring went, the half itself moved along quickly with only five personal fouls being called. Workman hit a 3-pointer at the 4:28 mark to put the Golden Eagles up by one, and that bucket was the last until the 17:41 mark of the second half, when Workman hit a 2-point jumper after grabbing an offensive rebound. Tyree Hardge put Northeastern State (0-4) back on top 23-22 with a 3-pointer at 14:44, but Tesis made a lay-up in the paint at 14:18, and the Golden Eagles never trailed after that. A three-pointer by freshman forward Jesse Scroggins gave them their largest lead at 36-27 with 7:32 left in the game. The Redmen kept things interesting, pulling within 44-42 on a basket by Josh Dennis with 1:14 to go, but they could not complete the comeback. Hardge and Steve Neal paced Northeastern State with 9 points apiece. Neal led the Redmen with 8 rebounds, and junior point guard Alex Green led the Golden Eagles with 6 assists.
John Brown will begin Sooner Athletic Conference play Saturday with a visit to Oklahoma Baptist at 3:00.