Lions Squeak by Golden Eagles

Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 22, 2008) — Davaughn Jackson’s 21 point 16 rebound output wasn’t quite enough as JBU fell 67-66 to Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) at the SAGU Classic on Saturday night.

Jackson went 7-15 from the floor and was 7-10 from the charity stripe to lead JBU (7-1) in the loss. Andrius Mikutis also had a big night for JBU, contributing 17 points and grabbing 15 caroms to help JBU take the rebounding edge, 51-42.

With the game tied at 22 at the 7:21 mark in the first half, JBU went on a 9-3 run to go ahead by six points, 31-25. But SAGU (4-1) responded and closed out the half on a 10-4 run to give them a one point, 35-34, halftime lead.

The Lions came out in the second half and grabbed the lead and held on through two ties before taking a nine point lead, 51-42, with 10:51 left in the game. But then JBU rallied back with a 12-3 run and tied the game 54-54 with 4:42 remaining on the clock.

JBU went ahead 59-56 with 2:16 left and held onto the lead until SAGU buried a trey with :26 seconds left to put the Lions ahead, 65-63. On the next possession, JBU couldn’t convert and was forced to foul and put SAGU to the line where they converted both free-throws to go up by four.

The Golden Eagles buried a trey at the buzzer but it wouldn’t be enough as SAGU held on for the victory.

JBU shot a dismal 32.4 percent (23-71) from the field. They also struggled from beyond the arc only hitting 21 percent (6-29). JBU shot well from the foul line, however, nailing 78 percent (14-18) of their attempts.

Overall, SAGU shot 42.6 field goal percentage (26-61), including 31.3 percent (5-16) from three-point range. SAGU only shot 52.6 percent (10-19) from the free-throw line.

JBU returns to action next Tuesday when they open conference play on the road against Rogers State in Claremore, Okla. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.