Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 20, 2005) - (Kansas City, Mo.)—John Brown University (Ark.) punched its ticket to the semifinal round of the 2005 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship with a 58-56 victory over Biola University (Calif.) in a battle of unseeded teams Saturday at Municipal Auditorium. The Golden Eagles improve to 22-11 on the year and will meet another unseeded squad, Carroll College (Mont.), in the tournament semifinals Monday at 8 p.m. CST. John Brown joins Carroll and Robert Morris College (Ill.) as first-time qualifiers for the NAIA Fab Four. Alex Terry made two free throws with 2:30 remaining to give John Brown a 53-52 lead. The Golden Eagles extended the margin to 57-54 on two free throws by Brandon Cole with 26 seconds left before Biola’s Daniel Rose scored nine seconds later to cut the deficit to 57-56. Cole made another foul shot to push the John Brown lead back to two points before the Eagles’ Matthew Garnett missed a three-point attempt in the closing seconds. Biola nearly completed its third comeback in the tournament when trailing by double digits in the first half. John Brown led by as many as 10 points in the first half before taking a 28-22 lead at the intermission. The Eagles grabbed their first lead of the night,41-39, on a basket by Terrell Young with 10:56 to play. Cole finished with a team-high 18 points, while Reyjavick DeGracia added 11 points and seven rebounds for John Brown. Ryan Woodson pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds for the Eagles. Rose had a game-high 28 points along with 10 rebounds in a reserve role to lead Biola, while Young chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds. The Eagles, who advanced to the NAIA Elite Eight for the fifth time in school history, close the season with a record of 28-8.
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