Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 11, 2010) - The JBU men’s basketball team improved to 10-2 overall and 2-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference after dropping Rogers State (Okla.) 80-72 on Saturday afternoon in Bill George Arena.
Five JBU players finished in the teens led by senior Sam Bartlett with 16 points. Sophomore Coleson Rakestraw and senior Ryland Allen both had 13. And junior Adrian Miller and sophomore EJ McWoods chipped in with 12 and 10 points respectively.
RSU (5-6, 1-3), had four players reach double digits led by Matt Kellogg’s game high 23 points. Deveric Taylor had 16. And John Boyd and Maurice Rutherford added 15 and 10 respectively.
JBU got off to a slow start and fell behind by seven, 12-19, mid-way through the first half before getting rolling. With 4:16 to go before the break, freshman Bryan Werner tied the game up at 23 for JBU. The teams traded blows for the remainder of the half, but a buzzer beating layup from junior Andy Garcia gave JBU a one-point, 34-33, edge heading into the locker rooms.
In the second half, JBU came out fired up and sprinted to a 46-37 lead. But RSU managed to come within three with 12:20 left, when Chris Francis buried a deep three off the drive and kick from Maurice Rutherford. After trading baskets during the next few possessions, RSU got on a roll and was sent to the line where they converted and managed to go up by two points 61-59 with 5:15 left in the game. The score see-sawed during the next few minutes, but a huge three pointer from Ryland Allen to tie the game up at 66 with 3:29 left, gave the Golden Eagles that final spark they needed. From here, JBU went on an 8-0 run before Kellogg managed to hit a runner in the paint with 17 seconds left to break the RSU scoring drought. But it was too little too late for the Hillcats as JBU managed to secure the win by converting at the charity stripe.
For the game, JBU hit 58.1 percent (25-of-43) compared to 47.1 percent (24-of-51) from RSU. JBU took the rebounding advantage 27-26, and stayed below 10 turnovers for the first time this season by committing only nine for the game.
The men have the next three weeks off before returning to action on the road on January 1 against Mid-America Christian (Okla.) at 5 p.m. They then return home on Jan. 3 to face Oklahoma City at 8 p.m.