Golden Eagles Lose Conference Opener

Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 25, 2008) — It was another nailbiter for the Golden Eagles on Tuesday night in Claremore, Okla. as the JBU men's basketball team fell to Rogers State 69-71 in their opening game of conference play.

With the game tied at 69-69, JBU (7-2, 0-1) put RSU's Aldric Reynolds on the free throw line with six seconds remaining. Reynolds sank both free throws to give RSU a 71-69 advantage. JBU inbounded the ball and pushed it up the floor to Jarrett McGriff under the basketball with an open look, but it came up short as the buzzer sounded.

RSU (4-0, 1-0) led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but couldn’t put the Golden Eagles away. Thomas Galliguez drilled a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to put JBU right back in the thick of the game at 31-27. The Eagles grabbed the lead early in the second half and both teams exchanged leads the rest of the way.

JBU hit 6-of-11 attempts from 3-point range and finished the night 53 percent from the floor. DaVaughn Jackson led four Eagles players in double figures with 15 points.

Reynolds finished with 11 points while Rodrick Rodgers added 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds. The Hillcats held a 35-25 advantage on the boards and forced 25 turnovers.

JBU will take the next eight days off from competition and returns to the floor at home next week Thursday against conference opponent Wayland Baptist (Texas). Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.