JBU Collects Big Win Over Northeastern State University
Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 21, 2003) — John Brown University went to Tahlequah with a mission and came away with mission accomplished as the Golden Eagles defeated NCAA Division II NSU 69-56 late Thursday evening. Playing before a sell-out crowd against a team that is ranked 6th in NCAA Division II and had not lost in Jack Dobbins Field House in two years, JBU soon quieted the noisy fans and opened a 35-22 lead at half on the three-point shooting of senior Abdiel Mendieta and freshman Brandon Brown.
After the hot-shooting first half where the Golden Eagles shot 48.3% from the field and 46.7% from beyond the arc, there was not much letup and the Redmen were able to close the gap only one time to a 5 point deficit at 39-34 with 14:04 left in the game. Each time NSU tried to come back, the Golden Eagles rallied and sophomore Brandon Cole began to fire in three pointers with 4 of his 5 treys coming in the second period.
Cole led the offensive attack with 15 points and Brown pitched in 10. However, it was the overall defensive effort of the Golden Eagles that made the difference in the game, as well as the solid rebounding of junior Reyjavick De Gracia who ended the game with 14 rebounds. Clutch free throws in the closing minutes by sophomore Alex Terry kept the Redmen from making a final run.
“Coming in to this fieldhouse and playing as well as we did is a tremendous confidence builder. We played 9 guys and 3 of those are new to our program. It was great to see them step up to the challenge that we faced tonight,” said Coach John Sheehy following the victory.
JBU ups their season record to 6-0 and will play again on Saturday afternoon at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas.