Taylor's Breakout Performance Pushes John Brown to 7-0

BATESVILLE, Ark. (November 27, 2012) — Freshman forward D'Shon Taylor netted 17 points en route to a 79-67 victory as the Golden Eagles scored its second defeat of Lyon (Ark.) this season tonight in Batesville.

After leading by as many as 18 points in the second half, Lyon (2-6) cut John Brown's lead to 12 in the waning moments, but were unable to overcome three Golden Eagles finishing in double-figures, led by Taylor's 7-of-8 effort from the floor which included two triples and two steals.

Joining Taylor in double-digit points were sophomore forward Max Hopfgartner and senior guard Coleson Rakestraw who each added 12 points. Hopfgartner finished the contest tied with teammate Kurtis Phillips in rebounds with five while also grabbed one steal and one block. Rakestraw earned all 12 points from beyond the arc, knocking down four triples on seven attempts.

With the game tied at seven, the Golden Eagles started a 12-point run that featured baskets from Hopfgartner, Kent High and Nate Anderson in addition to three-pointers from Taylor and Collin Hart. The JBU defense held the Scots scoreless for a 4:23 span, building the double-digit lead.

A span in the early portion of the second half saw Lyon close the gap to three as the host squad went on an 11-4 run after trailing 41-31. The streak was finally stopped when E.J. McWoods field goal fell, bumping the JBU lead back to five.

That would be the closest the Scots would get to dethroning the Golden Eagle lead. John Brown's 30-18 rebounding advantage powered a double-digit lead throughout the remainder of the second half, a frame in which JBU never trailed.

The Golden Eagles finished the evening 11-of-25 from behind the arc (44 percent) while limiting Lyon to a 7-of-17 clip (41.18 percent). John Brown shot extremely well from the field, knocking down shots at a 56.36 percent rate (31 of 55) as the Scots only managed to shoot the ball at 47.06 percent (24-of-51).

Marcus Humose led the game in scoring for Lyon with 18 points but it was the John Brown bench that factored most into the final score, outscoring the Scots 43-25.

The Golden Eagles will return to action on Friday, Nov. 30, when it hosts non-conference in-state foe Williams Baptist (4-2) in a 7:00 p.m. tip-off at Bill George Arena.