Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 20, 2006) - The John Brown Golden Eagles found themselves in a must-win situation going into Monday’s game against Sooner Athletic Conference foe Oklahoma Baptist. John Brown needed a win to stay in fourth place in the conference, and the Golden Eagles got exactly that and then some. Brandon Cole scored 27 points and hit seven 3-pointers to lead the Golden Eagles to a 79-70 victory in front of a packed house. Cole is now just four 3-pointers away from breaking the all-time collegiate record for most 3-pointers made. The Golden Eagles are now tied with Wayland Baptist for third place in the conference, and John Brown holds the tiebreaker.
Oklahoma Baptist (24-4, 12-4) led until well past the midpoint of the first half. Alex Terry’s second of three-straight field goals put John Brown (15-12, 10-6) up 20-18 with 7:42 left before halftime. The Golden Eagles extended their lead to six but then had it pared back down to one before Cody Page nailed a trey at 0:40 to set the halftime score at 32-28.
Jason Bray and Kortney Smith combined for three treys in a row at the start of the second half to give the Bison a 37-34 lead with 17:55 to play. Then Cole and Adam Workman answered for the Golden Eagles with back-to-back 3-pointers that put them up 40-37 at 15:37. Smith had the last word in this particular battle, however, tying the game at 40-40 with yet another trey at the 15:19 mark.
But the Golden Eagles continued to live by the 3-point shot. Page hit one to give John Brown a 46-40 lead with 13:16 left, and then Terry added a rare trey to put John Brown ahead 49-40 with 12:23 remaining. Cole and Page traded more 3-pointers with Bray and Frank Benson, but it was Terry’s second 3-pointer at 2:44 that brought down the house, putting the Golden Eagles up 71-60. The Bison were forced to begin fouling at this point, and the Golden Eagles scored their final seven points from the free-throw line.
Page finished the game with 17 points, including four treys. Terry scored 16 points and 4 assists. His pair of treys was a career high. The Golden Eagles made 14-of-30 3-point attempts for 46.7% and hit 19-of-25 from the free-throw line for 76.0%.
Benson led Oklahoma Baptist with 18 points. Trey Griffin and Julius Hurd both scored 13, and Bray added 12.
Cole has now made 513 3-point baskets in his career. The record of 516 is currently held by Jeff Clement, who played in NCAA Division III for Grinnell (Iowa) from 1995-99.
The Golden Eagles host Oklahoma Christian Thursday at 8:00 in another must-win game.