JBU men spring up­set

Golden Ea­gles win at No. 4 Langston

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LANGSTON, Okla. — Se­nior Jake Cau­dle scored a sea­sonbest 25 points and the No. 21 John Brown Univer­sity men’s bas­ket­ball team rode a run mid­way through the sec­ond half to hold on for a 71-68 win over No. 4 Langston (Okla.), hand­ing the Lions its first loss of the sea­son, on Sat­ur­day (Jan. 5) af­ter­noon in­side the C.F. Gayles Field­house.

Cau­dle dropped six triples and hit 8-of-11 from the stripe to power his 25-point, sev­en­re­bound per­for­mance.

The Lions (12-1, 4-1 Sooner Ath­letic) suf­fered its first loss of the sea­son, as the JBU de­fense held the hosts to a sea­son-worst 30.6 per­cent (19-of-62) from the floor. LU had pre­vi­ously not shot any lower than 40 per­cent in a game this sea­son. Its 68 points was also a sea­son-low, held to 15 points be­low its sea­son scor­ing av­er­age.

“I thought we did an un­be­liev­able job lock­ing in on the de­fen­sive end, forc­ing a high­scor­ing Langston team to take a lot of tough shots, one’s they’re ca­pa­ble of hit­ting,” head coach Ja­son Beschta said. “Jake was im­pres­sive — he played with a lot of ag­gres­sion and con­fi­dence — in­clud­ing work­ing his way to the foul line.

“To­day was a big win and it con­tin­ues to val­i­date what the team al­ready be­lieves about it­self. We just need to stay hum­ble and hun­gry and fo­cus on im­prov­ing over the course of the sea­son. Ev­ery other team in the con­fer­ence will be, and any win is hard to come by.”

Three triples from Cau­dle shot the Golden Ea­gles out to an early 15-5 lead, a lead it would main­tain for the en­tire half.

An early 13-7 run from the Lions to open the sec­ond half handed the hosts its first, and only, lead of the con­test, 39-36, with just over 16 min­utes left. Then, John Brown re­sponded and took the lead back for good.

Se­nior Josh Bowl­ing hit a pair at the line and sopho­more Rokas Grabli­auskas added his sec­ond bucket of the half to re­turn to the lead and be­gin a 14-3 rally that fin­ished with a 50-42 John Brown ad­van­tage.

The Lions forced John Brown to earn the re­main­der of its points at the foul line over the fi­nal 10 min­utes of play as the Golden Ea­gles needed just two field goals but con­verted 15-of-19 from the stripe to keep Langston at bay. LU hit just 5-of-15 from the field over the last 10 min­utes and com­mit­ted four turnovers.

Bowl­ing hit 6-of-6 from the line to add 13 while ju­nior Bren­ton Tous­saint con­trib­uted a per­fect 5-of-5 shoot­ing mark to score 11. Grabli­auskas net­ted 10 points and passed out four as­sists.

While not shoot­ing well again be­hind the arc, out­side of Cau­dle, JBU hit 12-of-22 in­side the arc and out-scored Langston 20-14 in the paint.

Jorori Cole­man scored 14 to lead Langston but took 19 shot at­tempts. Al­fonzo An­der­son also net­ted 14 and grabbed nine boards while Jerami Grace

I thought we did an un­be­liev­able job lock­ing in on the de­fen­sive end, forc­ing a high-scor­ing Langston team to take a lot of tough shots, one’s they’re ca­pa­ble of hit­ting. — Ja­son Beschta

notched 10 points. Knowl­edge Darby cor­ralled a game-high 10 re­bounds.

John Brown now sits atop the Sooner Ath­letic stand­ings in Jan­uary for the first time since the 2012-13 sea­son as Beschta tal­lied his third-ca­reer win over an NAIA I top-10 op­po­nent.

Langston had not lost in­side C.F. Gayles Field­house since Feb. 10, 2018 (9 games).

The Golden Ea­gles re­turn to ac­tion on Thurs­day (Jan. 8) at 8 p.m. with an­other tough con­fer­ence op­po­nent, Sci­ence & Arts (Okla.) in Chick­asha, Okla. Tip is slated for 8 p.m.

Bud Sullins/Spe­cial to the Her­ald-Leader

John Brown se­nior Jake Cau­dle, seen here against Cen­tral Chris­tian on Jan. 3, scored 25 points in No. 21 JBU’s 71-68 win at No. 4 Langston last Sat­ur­day. JBU plays at Sci­ence and Arts on Thurs­day.

Bud Sullins/Spe­cial to the Her­ald-Leader

John Brown sopho­more Den­sier Carnes goes in for a dunk dur­ing last Thurs­day’s game against Cen­tral Chris­tian (Kan.). Carnes and the Golden Ea­gles travel to Sci­ence and Arts (Okla.) for a Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence game on Thurs­day.

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