Furious Second Half Comeback Fuels John Brown's 66-58 Win Over Lyon

Max Hopfgartner (35) dunks in JBU

Max Hopfgartner (35) dunks in JBU's victory over Lyon

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (November 15, 2012) — Facing an 18-point deficit at halftime, the Golden Eagles used a pair of 14-point efforts from senior guards E.J. McWoods and Abel Galliguez to outscore Lyon (Ark.) 43-25 in the second half, nabbing a 66-58 victory to remain unbeaten tonight at Bill George Arena.

Lyon (2-3) received a game-high 18 points from Slater Belew as the Scots edged John Brown in points in the paint, 26-20.

The Golden Eagles remain a perfect 6-0 on the season, facing a rematch with the Scots in Batesville, Ark., on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Galliguez's 14 points were powered by 3-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. McWoods went 4-of-10 from the field, converting four of six free throw opportunities.

JBU also enjoyed double-digit performances from two others. Senior guard Coleson Rakestraw turned in a 10-point effort, while freshman guard Kent High continued his strong freshman campaign, also draining 10 points in a 3-of-7 effort from the field.

The Golden Eagles started out very slowly, just knocking down one of its first nine attempt from the field. John Brown finally began to find its scoring touch when Galliguez hit a triple at the 14:03 mark, closing Lyon lead to 12-5.

Back-to-back triples from the Scots, the result of forcing John Brown turnovers, pushed the lead to 14 (20-6), but Lyon was finished, building an 18-point lead after Belew converted the back end of a pair of free throws.

JBU made a slight run to close out the half, piecing together a 10-2 streak that featured baskets from High and Max Hopfgartner, in addition to another trifecta from Galliguez, ending the half at 33-23 with the Scots leading.

Both teams committed nine turnovers in the first half. Lyon controlled the glass, outrebounding the Golden Eagles, 25-18.

The second half began much like the first as Lyon responded, grabbing 11 of the next 16 points, pushing its lead back to fifteen, 44-29 with 15:17 remaining. After a Kofi Joseph's three-pointer and a pair of shots from the charity strip from High, the Golden Eagles closed the gap to three, 47-44.

Lyon responded again, however, extending its lead back to 10 twice, the latter of which occurring at the 7:09 mark, adding to the mounting pressure facing the home squad, down 56-46.

John Brown then exhibited its best defensive effort of the season, limiting the Scots to just two free throws over the final seven minutes. The Golden Eagles finally captured the lead when Hopfgartner drained a shot from the paint, giving JBU a 58-57 advantage.

Facing a hostile crowd and a waning clock, the Scots committed two-straight turnovers and, coupled with a Rakestraw basket, faced a three-point hole with 2:02 remaining.

The nail in the coffin came soon however, as Galliguez knocked down his third triple of the night, handing John Brown the six-point advantage (63-57) with 37 seconds left in the contest.

A pair of Hopfgartner free throws with 12 seconds remaining sealed John Brown's 66-58 victory.

The Golden Eagle bench outscored its Lyon counterpart by a 18-10 margin, while Lyon owned the points in the paint advantage, 26-20.

After a meager first half performance on the boards, Hopfgartner posted a game-high nine rebounds, pacing John Brown to a 42-38 victory in the battle on the glass.

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Max Hopfgartner (35) dunks in JBU's victory over Lyon