Golden Eagles Drop 57-56 Heartbreaker to Lyon

BATESVILLE, Ark. (November 27, 2012) — In its second matchup of the season, the Golden Eagles and Scots faced off in another close battle as Lyon narrowly avoided a home loss as it handed John Brown a 57-56 defeat tonight in Batesville.

The two teams recently met on Nov. 6 when Lyon entered Bill George Arena and handed the Golden Eagles a three-point defeat, 68-65.

John Brown was paced by an impressive performance by freshman Brooke Barker who netted a career second-best shooting night with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field.

Two Golden Eagles joined Barker in double-figures as sophomore forward Morgan Ankrom chipped in with 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds while junior center Kami Garrison dropped 10 points in the losing effort, collecting six rebounds and two assists.

JBU committed 21 turnovers on the evening, translating into 13 points for the Scots. The Golden Eagles made Lyon pay when it mishandled the ball, manufacturing 16 points on 11 Scot turnovers.

The Golden Eagles shot an impressive 43.48 percent (20-of-46) but took 10 less shots than the hosts who posted a 35.71 percent clip, taking 56 shots in the contest.

Entering the game No. 12 in the nation in free throw percentage, JBU lived up to its billing, knocking down 11-of-12 shots from the charity stripe it attempted.

Averaging 8.25 triples per game, No. 7 in the nation, the Golden Eagles were only able to score six from behind the arc, led by Garrison's 2-of-3 performance from three-point range.

Powered by Ankrom's performance, John Brown won the battle of the boards, pulling down 31 compared to Lyon's 29, nine of which were on the offensive glass.

With the loss, the Golden Eagles fall to 3-6 on the season while Lyon improves its record to 5-1.

JBU will return to the floor on Tuesday, Dec. 4, when it faces Ecclesia (Ark.) for the third time this season. This game will mark the second game in Bill George Arena. The Golden Eagles handed the Royals a convincing 90-37 loss on Nov. 16.