Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 16, 2006) - The John Brown Golden Eagles and the Lubbock Christian Chaparrals combined to commit 47 personal fouls Thursday night in Siloam Springs, and the Golden Eagles came up short, losing 80-71. Max Eding scored 23 point for Lubbock Christian (7-18, 3-12 SAC) on 8-of-11 shooting as his team shot 60% (27-of-45) from the field. After being shut out from everywhere but the free-throw line in the first half, Brandon Cole scored 20 points in the second half and hit five 3-pointers to finish the game leading all scorers with 27.
The Golden Eagles shot 27.3% in the first half, and the Chaparrals took advantage, running up a fourteen-point lead at one point before settling in for a 35-23 halftime lead. John Brown (13-12, 8-6 SAC) came out strong in the second half, however. A 3-pointer by Tyler Dees with 11:59 remaining brought the Golden Eagles to within one, 45-44. Adam Workman later hit a turn-around jumper to make the score 48-46 with 10:34 left, and Cole nailed a trey at 9:53 for a 51-49 deficit. But that was as close as the Golden Eagles would get. Fouls and Lubbock Christian’s shooting stymied each of their runs, and three John Brown players fouled out. A pair of free throws by Andrew Cameron gave the Chaparrals their largest second-half lead, 65-54, with 5:50 to play, and they scored their last nine points from the charity stripe.
Joel Tesis posted his sixth double-double of the season for the Golden Eagles with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Alex Terry scored 10 points and contributed 5 assists. For Lubbock Christian, Marques Baldwin and Bernardo Rocha scored 14 apiece, and Dustin Patterson added 11.
John Brown hosts Wayland Baptist on Saturday at 3:00. The Golden Eagles are fighting to remain in NAIA tournament contention, holding a slim half-game lead over Oklahoma Christian to stay in the Sooner Athletic Conference’s top four.