Bethany, Okla. (February 14, 2009) - It went down to the wire in the Sawyer Center on Saturday night as JBU took on the Crimson Storm of Southern Nazarene (Okla.), but in the end, it was SNU that came out on top taking home a two-point 71-69 win over the JBU Golden Eagles.
With less than four seconds remaining SNU had the ball with the score tied at 69 when Brandon Durham found Daniel White wide open in the paint for the lay in as time expired.
Cody Page finished with 19 points after going 6-of-14 overall and 5-for-9 from downtown. Davaughn Jackson added 12. White led SNU (16-9, 9-8) with 15 points.
JBU took control of the ball game after opening the second half on an 8-0 run to go up by 19, 46-27, with 18:28 left in the game.
SNU responded with a 10-0 run to cut it to single digits, 46-37, at the 15:00 mark, but JBU pushed it back to thirteen, 57-30, after buckets from Wes Brown and Adrian Miller.
Over the next few minutes both teams traded baskets until White sparked a 12-3 run that tied things up at 61 with 4:56 remaining in the contest.
Next SNU possession, they took their first lead at 63-61 after Jon West scored, but Page quickly answered on the other end with a trey to give JBU back the 64-63 lead.
Next play, West scored again on the inside to put SNU up by one, 65-64, but another quick trey from Page made it 67-65 JBU with 3:33 left in the game.
With 2:00 minutes remaining the Golden Eagles held a two point, 69-67, advantage after a pair of Jackson free-throws. On SNU’s next possession, JBU forced a missed shot and got the rebound but with 39.0 seconds left West stole the ball from JBU’s Jarrett McGriff and took it down and scored on the other end to tie up the ballgame at 69.
With a five second difference between shot and game clock, JBU had the ball and chance to take the lead. With the shot clock winding down, Abel Galliguez got a wide open look but missed from long range. JBU’s Wes Brown got the offensive rebound but missed the put back, and West came down with the board for SNU. That set up the last second heroics for the Crimson Storm.
For the game, JBU hit 44% from the floor (21-48) including 43% from three (9-21). JBU outrebounding SNU 32-30, but gave up 16 points on turnovers and 32 points in the paint.
On the night, SNU went 47% for the game (24-51) including 35% (6-17) from three.
With the loss, JBU sits tied for fourth in the SAC with Oklahoma Christian. Up next, JBU travels to Oklahoma City to take on the Stars on Thursday at 8 p.m.