JBU men de­feated at MNU

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - From JBU Sports In­for­ma­tion

OLATHE, Kan. — Se­niors Josh Bowl­ing and Jake Cau­dle each scored nine in the first half and the Golden Ea­gles forced nine turnovers to hold the lead at the half, but the shoot­ing went cold over the fi­nal quar­ter of the con­test as the John Brown Univer­sity men’s bas­ket­ball team fell 75-68 at No. 19 MidAmer­ica Nazarene (Kan.) on Fri­day night in­side the Bell Fam­ily Arena.

Over­com­ing a 12 of 32 shoot­ing ef­fort (37.5 per­cent) in the first half, the Golden Ea­gles (2-1) rode the pair of se­niors to a 41-36 ad­van­tage at the half as the hosts turned the ball over nine times. The first 20 min­utes of play was a see-saw af­fair as each team tied the score three times apiece and traded the lead 12 times.

The sec­ond half saw the Pi­o­neers (4-0) outscore JBU by 12 as the vis­i­tors could only man­age a 10 of 36 mark (27.8 per­cent) from the field, in­clud­ing drain­ing just 4 of 18 from be­hind the arc.

“There were a lot of things I was pleased with tonight — some re­ally good stretches de­fen­sively, es­pe­cially when we were down in the sec­ond half,” said head coach Ja­son Beschta. “We did a re­ally good job of tak­ing care of the ball too. I think we’re one of the best three­p­oint shoot­ing teams in the na­tion, and we weren’t good tonight. But we are go­ing to keep look­ing for those shots. Tonight was a good test against a talented team on the road. It will help us fig­ure out what we need to do to get bet­ter, and I ex­pect our guys to view it as such.”

Fac­ing a 63-54 deficit, the Golden Ea­gles used a pair of Des­mond Kennedy treys dur­ing a 2:50 stretch that saw John Brown go on an 8-0 run that whit­tled the MNU lead to just one, 63-62. How­ever, that’s when the cold shoot­ing be­gan, and a pair of free throws from Jonathan Green fol­lowed shortly by an and-one from Dante Scrog­gins.

A Bren­ton Tous­saint layup broke a four-minute drought and an­other put-back brought JBU within three, 71-68, with 2:21 re­main­ing. How­ever, John Brown would be held score­less while MidAmer­ica Nazarene hit all four chances at the char­ity stripe.

Cau­dle hit three triples and con­verted 6 of 7 from the line to lead John Brown with 17 points and three as­sists. Bowl­ing added 11 and five boards while Kennedy came off the bench to con­trib­ute 11 of his own.

Scrog­gins led all scorers with 24 points on 7 of 10 shoot­ing from the field and fin­ished the dou­ble­dou­ble with 12 boards. Kel­lan Turner and Jonathan Green net­ted 15 and 14 points, re­spec­tively.

The hosts out-re­bounded the Golden Ea­gles, 4934, but John Brown forced 17 Pioneer turnovers while JBU com­mit­ted only seven of its own.

JBU re­turned home against Ec­cle­sia on Satur­day night. Re­sults were not avail­able at presstime.

JBU opens Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence play at 8 p.m. on Thurs­day night at home against Ba­cone (Okla.).

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