Northwestern Oklahoma Upsets John Brown University

Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 14, 2004) — John Brown University did not capitalize on the offensive opportunities and allowed Northwestern Oklahoma State University to score a 59-58 upset victory on Saturday afternoon in Alva, Oklahoma. In the second half alone, JBU made numerous stops on the defensive end only to not be able to score on offense. The score seesawed back and forth with 10 lead changes in the game before JBU took a 51-47 lead with 5:51 remaining in the contest. However. The Golden Eagles were unable to hang on to the lead and with 29 seconds remaining, the Rangers Devon Jefferson hit a 2-point bucket to notch the victory.

Abdiel Mendieta, as he has done in 6 of the last 8 games, topped the scoring list for JBU with 22 points on 8 field goals (3 of those were 3 pointers) and 3 of 5 from the charity stripe. With 4 three pointers and a free throw, Brandon Cole tossed in 13 points while both Pat Smits and Ryan Woodson brought down 7 rebounds to lead in that category.

“To falter as we have at this point in the season is not characteristic of this team. We have now lost 4 of the last 5 games and two of those have been to teams at the bottom of the league, “ said Coach John Sheehy after the disappointing loss. “With 5 games remaining, we determine our own fate. It is really a big challenge now to get to the point where we have an opportunity to be involved in post-season play at the national level. If we do not rise to the occasion in the next couple of games, we may have sealed our fate for this year.”

The loss drops JBU to 19-7 for the season and 7-6 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. The Golden Eagles will be at home for two games next week. On Thursday evening at 8:00 pm, Southern Nazarene will be in Siloam for the first game of the week and then on Saturday at 8:00 pm, Oklahoma Christian comes to town to close out the week.