Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 26, 2008) - A late second half push from John Brown wasn’t enough as No. 13 Oklahoma City held off JBU for the 82-87 win in Murray Sells on Saturday night.
JBU (9-10, 2-9), trailed by 12, with 6:17 left in the game after Richard Jackson nailed a three pointer to put OCU ahead 72-60. JBU, however, ran off a 13-2 run and cut it down to 74-73 after a Ryland Allen sank a three pointer with 4:04 on the clock.
But late turnovers and too much Kameron Gray down the stretch put the game out of reach for the Golden Eagles as Oklahoma City escaped with the five point win in conference play.
Gray finished with 29 points including 6-of-12 from the floor and a perfect 16-of-16 from the charity stripe. OCU (13-5, 9-2) also received double-digit scoring from Ollie Bailey with 23 points, and Richard Jackson with 19.
JBU’s bench played a key role in the game tonight with sophomore Davaughn Jackson leading the way with 19 points and six rebounds. Junior Cody Page had a big game with 16 points after going 3-of-8 from downtown. And sophomore James Manthe added 15 points.
As a team, the Golden Eagles shot 49 % (30-61) from the floor, while the Stars sank 52% (27-52) of their attempts. JBU out rebounded OCU 33-29. But OCU forced JBU to commit 17 turnovers while only committing 14.
JBU head coach Clark Sheehy knows his team let a big opportunity slip through their fingers, but was glad to see his team pull together and give themselves a chance to win the game.
“It’s a tough loss against a good team,” said Sheehy. “But everyone played well tonight including our bench.”
Up next, John Brown heads to No. 6 Oklahoma Baptist on Thursday at 8 p.m.
In the women’s game, JBU fell 63-34 to No. 12 Oklahoma City.
JBU (7-12, 2-9) fell behind 28-15 at halftime and couldn’t cut into the deficit during the second half eventually falling 63-34.
Freshman forward Ashley Taylor had a game-high 16 points to go with four rebounds. Senior Sarah Edwards added five.
Laura Duncan had a good shooting night for OCU (14-4, 10-1) after nailing 5-of-7 three point attempts for 15 points.
Overall, JBU shot only 26 % (9-35) for the game, while OCU managed to knock down 46% (21-46) of their shots.
The women return to action against No. 5 Oklahoma Baptist on the road Thursday at 6 p.m.