Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 28, 2010) - In their first official action in the new Bill George Arena, the JBU men’s basketball team crushed Hillsdale Freewill Baptist (Okla.) 77-57.
Five JBU players finished in double-digits led by senior Andrius Mikutis with 18. Junior Adrian Miller tossed in 14 points to go with five boards, and senior Sam Bartlett and sophomore EJ McWoods, both finished with 12. Sophomore Coleson Rakestraw rounded out the double-digit scoring effort with 11.
For HFB (0-1), Sam Webber finished with a double-double, 10 points and 11 boards.
Mikutis officially scored the first points for the Golden Eagles after sinking two free-throws at the 19:30 mark to give JBU a 2-0 lead, but it was a three pointer from Rakestraw with 18:57 on the clock that sent the toilet paper flying, marking a new era in JBU basketball.
Midway through the first half, JBU managed to push their lead to six, 22-16, after another pair of Mikutis freebies, but the Saints wouldn't go away and continued to trade blows with the Eagles.
At the 2:21 mark, Hillsdale’s Chad Gehrke sunk a trey to cut it to three, 33-36, but a three from McWoods on the other end would push it to 39-33, before the Saints’ Brody Clark hit a lay in as time expired to make a four point, 39-35, JBU lead heading into the locker.
In the second half, JBU came out determined to better their first half showing and quickly jumped out to an 11 point lead after a field goal by Miller and five straight points from Mikutis. JBU continued to grow on their lead from this point and went up by as many as 22 before claiming the 20 point margin.
For the game, JBU shot 46% (25-56) from the floor including 39% (5-13) from three point land. Meanwhile, HFB struggled only hitting 34% (18-53) of their attempts from the field. JBU dominated the glass, winning the rebounding battle 41-33. The Eagles were also able to force 17 turnovers while committing only 14.
Up next, JBU returns home to face Bacone (Okla.) next Tuesday at 7 p.m.