Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 22, 2003) - Despite 4 players fouling out of the game and one player out with an injury, JBU was still able to hang on and defeat Lyon College 74-72 on Saturday afternoon in Batesville.
Reyjavick De Gracia, Ryan Woodson, Drew Stanek, and Alex Terry all fouled out of the game with several minutes remaining and Brandon Brown was not able to play any in the game due to a hip flexor injury. Senior Abdiel Mendieta stepped up with his best game of the season as he scored 22 points and pulled down 6 caroms. His 22 points put him past the 1000 point mark for his JBU career and pulled him to number 15 on the all-time JBU career scoring list. Sophomore Brandon Cole also pumped in 22 points in the winning effort, a season high.
“Lyon is a Sooner Athletic Conference type team and to play them was good experience for us to get ready for conference play. They have a very good team and I would think they will be near the top of the Trans-South Conference this season,” stated Coach John Sheehy following the victory. “It was hard for us to come back after the tough game on Thursday at NSU, but again this is what we have to do in January and February in SAC play. We must execute better on defense to cut down on the fouls. Our offense is beginning to get the offensive rhythm, but we have to play both ends of the court.”
JBU goes to 7-0 for the young season and will now face Bacone College for the second time when the Golden Eagles travel to Muskogee, Oklahoma on Tuesday evening for an 8:00 pm game. JBU defeated Bacon 67-59 in the season opener.