Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 13, 2006) - Brandon Cole’s 17 points Thursday night against No.17 Wayland Baptist (Texas) pushed him past Steve Matchell on the John Brown career scoring list. Cole had tied Matchell’s record of 2,047 points last Saturday at Northwestern Oklahoma State. A three-pointer—the 459th of his career—just 1:15 into Thursday’s game made Cole the all-time leading scorer in John Brown history. The new record stands at 2,064.
Matchell played for John Brown from 1974-78. He still holds the records for most points (47) and field goals (21) in a game, which he set during the 1976-77 season against College of the Ozarks. His scoring average of 17.8 points per game is still the highest in Golden Eagle history, though Cole’s current career average of 17.5 could increase by the end of the season. Matchell currently teaches at Siloam Springs High School and is an assistant coach for the boys’ basketball team.
Cole is a four-year starter out of Hector, Arkansas. He has made at least one three-point-basket in all 118 games of his college career. That streak marks the current collegiate record for all divisions of the NCAA and NAIA. It has also been reported that Cole has not played a game without making a three-pointer since his sophomore year at Hector High School.