Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 2, 2008) - After battling back and forth in regulation, John Brown eventually fell 68-64 to St. Gregory’s (Okla.) in overtime at home on Saturday night.
Cody Page gave JBU (9-11, 2-10) the 59-57 lead after converting a three-point play with five seconds remaining in regulation. But Ryan Wilson pushed the ball up the floor for SGU (8-12, 6-7) and had his missed lay-up tipped in by teammate Cha’son Holmes as time expired.
JBU held on to an early 61-59 lead for the first two minutes of overtime until Ade Olanrewaju knotted things up after nailing a pair of free throws.
With 34 seconds remaining, Holmes put SGU up 65-61 after scoring in transition off of a JBU turnover. A quick three pointer from Cody Page cut the deficit to 64-65, but several missed opportunities and late freethrows from SGU put the game out of reach for John Brown.
At the half, both teams were deadlocked at 32 apiece, but neither team went ahead by more than six points in the second half.
Cody Page led JBU with 17 points, while sophomore Davaughn Jackson continued to produce of the bench scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Leading scorer for SGU was Patrick Jones with 20 points.
A major difference in the game came at the free-throw line where JBU shot a dismal 41% (9-22), while SGU managed to hit 80% of the attempts (16-20). From the floor, JBU hit 25-of-50 attempts for 50% while SGU hit 23-of-55 for 42%. JBU also won the rebounding battle 36-29, but committed 24 turnovers to 18 from SGU.
“We are going to have to do a better job managing the game and cut down on our turnovers,” said head coach Clark Sheehy. “Having twenty-four is too many in a game if we want a chance to win.”
The Golden Eagles won’t have long to think about the loss as they prepare for a three-game road trip beginning with #17Oklahoma Baptist on Tuesday. Then they will travel to Plainview, Texas to face #22 Wayland Baptist on Thursday and Lubbock (Texas) Christian on Saturday.