SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (November 13, 2012) - John Brown received 15 points from Senior Coleson Rakestraw and held Ozark Christian (Mo.) to 20 first-half points en route to a decisive 79-48 victory over the Ambassadors tonight at Bill George Arena.
Rakestraw's game-high 15 points were courtesy of 6-of-8 shooting from the floor which included three triples. Freshman forward D'Shon Taylor chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds while freshman guard Kent High added eleven.
All but two Golden Eagles found the scoring column in the victory. John Brown's bench held a 49-19 scoring advantage. JBU also held the rebounding advantage, grabbing 19 more boards than Ozark Christian (46-27).
The Golden Eagles never trailed in the contest and jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead when Rakestraw opened the scoring seven seconds into the game. Another Rakestraw triple capped off a 12-4 run, building the JBU advantage to 11 (15-4).
At the 11:59 mark, Kofi Josephs drained a trey and, in addition to an E.J. McWoods field goal in the paint, John Brown's lead leapt to 15 (23-8).
Darian Doleman's basket with 1:46 to go in the half built the home advantage to a healthy 17 points. The deficit grew larger for the Ambassadors when Collin Hart nailed a field goal, pushing the lead to 19 before halftime.
John Brown shot a healthy 50 percent from the field in the first half. Ozark Christian managed only 22.2 percent shooting while the Golden Eagles grabbed nine offensive rebounds.
JBU outscored the visitors by a 40-28 margin in the second half. Up 22 with 8:04 remaining (56-34), John Brown closed the second half on a 23-14 run that was completed when Doleman's shot from the paint fell with 40 seconds left.
"I thought we responded very well after losing to Missouri Southern on Friday," said head coach Clark Sheehy, referring to JBU's 20-point exhibition loss against NCAA II competition. "We have Lyon coming up and we're playing a quick-tempo game and that's going to result in more turnovers than if we walked the ball up the floor. But I'm all right with that because it usually translates into easy points.
"We need to squeeze down on the number of ball handling errors and loose passes. We can't give good teams that many extra possessions."
The Golden Eagles will now host Lyon (Ark.) on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The game with the Scots will mark John Brown's third game against NAIA competition.