Page goes off, leads charge past No. 17 Eagles
Oklahoma City (February 7, 2009) - Cody Page dropped 28 points after going 7-of-12 via long distance on Saturday night helping the Golden Eagles defeat the No. 17 Oklahoma Christian Eagles 90-81 in conference action. Both teams were tied for fourth in the Sooner Athletic Conference coming into tonight’s match, but with the win JBU currently sits tied with Northwestern Okla. State at third in the SAC.
Page was joined in double digits by Andrius Mikutis who finished with 15 points and 10 boards. Abel and Thomas Galliguez added 11 a piece and Jarrett McGriff pitched in with 10 points and eight rebounds.
OC (16-8, 9-7) was led by the SAC’s leading scorer Jason Taylor who finished with 28 points and seven rebounds before fouling out in the second half.
It was all JBU (17-7, 10-6) from the get go as Page got things rolling with a put back right out of the gates. JBU jumped out to a 9-2 lead before OC managed to wake up and creep back in it.
Midway through the first half, Page capped off an 11-0 run with a deep three to put JBU ahead 33-19 with 8:43 left in the first.
In the closing minutes, OC chipped away at the JBU lead but was still down 45-37 at halftime.
OC hung around in the first few minutes of the second half, but things got ugly for them really fast as the Golden Eagles went on a 17-3 run including four treys from Page, which put JBU ahead by 26, 69-43, with 12:09 remaining in the game.
The Eagles were able to fight there way back into it late in the game and were only down by five, 86-81, with 32.0 seconds left, but it was too little too late as the Golden Eagles held on for a nine point win.
JBU shot 48% (31-of-65) including an impressive 55% (11-of-20) from three-point land. The battle of the boards also went to JBU 44-24.
For OC, they finished 50% (31-of-62) from the floor including 39% (11-of-28) from three. With JBU winning the rebounding edge however, OC gave up 18 second chance points while scoring only six.
With a NWOSU loss on Saturday night to No. 1 Rogers State, JBU will head to Science and Arts of Okla. in Chickasha on Thursday sitting tied at number three in the SAC with NWOSU. Game time for Thursday is set for 8 p.m.