Men struggle finding groove against SNU
Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 22, 2009) — The JBU Golden Eagles couldn’t find their shooting touch in front of the home crowd on Thursday night and ended up losing to conference foe Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 72-58 when it was all over.
Davaughn Jackson led a Golden Eagle squad that only shot 28.6% (18-of-63) with 12 points and 10 boards before fouling out. Jarrett McGriff and Wes Brown finished with 11 and 10 points respectively.
SNU (12-6, 5-5) also had three players reach double digits led by Tyree Scott with 17. Brandon Durham and Deonta Black added 13 and 10 points respectively.
SNU came out gunning and claimed a 30-22 halftime lead after holding JBU (13-6, 6-5) to only 22% (7-of-31) shooting in the first half.
In the second half, JBU still couldn’t find their shooting touch and continued to miss point blank opportunities.
SNU used it to their advantage and built a 14-point, 46-32, lead midway through the second half.
With 1:35 remaining the Golden Eagles pulled within six points, 58-64, after a McGriff floater, but it was a little too late as SNU used the clock to their gain to escape with the 14-point victory.
Overall, SNU hit 52.2% (24-of-46) of their shots including 41% (9-of-22) from long distance.
JBU did out rebound the Crimson Storm 39-34 with 20 coming on the offensive end, but they couldn’t manage to score on the second chance opportunities. JBU also forced SNU to commit 19 turnovers while only committing 13.
Up next, JBU returns home to face Science and Arts of Okla. at home on Saturday at 4 p.m. in SAC action.
JBU will also be celebrating 50 years of basketball during this game.