JBU men thump Ec­cle­sia for sec­ond time

■ The Golden Ea­gles host Ba­cone on Thurs­day to open Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence play.

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

A 53-26 lead at the in­ter­mis­sion was all the John Brown Uni­ver­sity men’s bas­ket­ball team needed as the Golden Ea­gles cruised to a 94-66 win, claim­ing its sec­ond vic­tory over Ec­cle­sia of the young sea­son, on Satur­day night in­side Bill Ge­orge Arena.

JBU also de­feated Ec­cle­sia 108-66 in the an­nual Toi­let Pa­per Game on Nov. 3.

The JBU (3-1) of­fense just cleared its av­er­age of 95 points per game and shot more than 50 per­cent from the field for the third time in three home games.

Se­nior Jake Cau­dle poured in a game-high 20 points on 8 of 11 shoot­ing from the floor, in­clud­ing a quar­tet of triples, while coun­ter­part fresh­man Luke Harper added 10 points, six as­sists — a ca­reer high — and four re­bounds.

Sopho­more Den­sier Carnes, 4 of 6 from the floor, and se­nior Dwayne Hart, a per­fect 3 of 3, each con­tributed 10 points off the bench, ac­count­ing nearly half of JBU’s points from the bench.

Harper hit back-to-back float­ing jumpers to put the Golden Ea­gles up 14 early, 20-6. Cau­dle and sopho­more Rokas Grabli­auskas teamed up for con­sec­u­tive treys at the 7:23 mark bal­loon­ing the Ec­cle­sia (0-5) deficit to 22. Carnes’ run­ning layup off a Josh Bowl­ing steal built a 39-15 ad­van­tage for the hosts.

The lead would hit 28, twice, be­fore the teams broke for the in­ter­mis­sion.

The sec­ond half was a foul pa­rade as the teams com­bined for 30 fouls and 35 free throw at­tempts over the fi­nal 20 min­utes of play. This seg­mented form of bas­ket­ball seemed to fa­vor the Roy­als as the vis­i­tors played John Brown to a 41-40 sec­ond half score, but the first half 27-point deficit was too much for Ec­cle­sia to over­come.

Ec­cle­sia shot just 38 per­cent (19 of 50) from the field, but missed more than 75 per­cent of its at­tempts from be­hind the arc (5-of21). Cash Krueger scored 13 points while Vince Toft­ness, 11 points, were the Roy­als’ lone dou­ble-digit scor­ers.

Ju­nior Brenton Tous­saint pieced to­gether an odd stat line — seven re­bounds, all on the of­fen­sive glass, and six points of the bench, help­ing John Brown to a 38-29 re­bound­ing ad­van­tage. JBU is 3-0 when out­re­bound­ing its op­po­nents and 0-1 when its op­po­nent owns the bat­tle on the boards.

JBU will now look for­ward to Thurs­day when the Golden Ea­gles host Ba­cone (Okla.) to open Sooner Ath­letic play. Tip is sched­uled for 8 p.m. in­side Bill Ge­orge Arena.

John Brown 94, Ec­cle­sia 66

Ec­cle­sia 26 40 — 66 John Brown 53 41 — 94 Ec­cle­sia (0-5): Krueger 13, Toft­ness 11, Worgu 9, Lock­ridge 7, Jenk­ins 7, Ross 6, Fu­len­wider 5, Free­land 4, John­son 2, Chira 2.

John Brown (3-1): Cau­dle 20, Carnes 11, Hart 11, Harper 10, Bowl­ing 8, Kennedy 8, Grabli­auskas 6, Tous­saint 6, Per­rier 5, Bai­ley 4, Bay­less 3, Corder 2.

Photo cour­tesy of JBU Sports in­for­ma­tion

John Brown se­nior Josh Bowl­ing tries to make a play against Ec­cle­sia last Satur­day night as Roy­als guard De’Von­tae Ross de­fends on the play.

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