Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 5, 2006) - In their last home game before final exams and Christmas break, the John Brown Golden Eagles defeated Bacone College (Okla.) 78-69, exacting revenge for their Nov. 16 loss to the Warriors in Muskogee, Okla. Adam Workman, Joel Tesis, and Jesse Scroggins all scored 15 points for John Brown (8-2), with Workman adding seven assists and five rebounds. Cody Page also registered double-figures with 11 points. Chad Tyler led Bacone (3-6) with 29 points, including nine three-point baskets.
The Golden Eagles established control of the game early and held a 36-28 halftime lead before stretching the margin to nearly 20 in the second half. Tyler pulled the Warriors back within single-digits, however, and finished the night 9-for-12 from behind the arc, accounting for all of his team’s perimeter baskets. The rest of the team was 0-for-5. Tyler also contributed five assists and four rebounds. The Warriors shot 45.5% (20-for-44) from the field and just 47.1% (8-for-17) from free-throw range. Kevin McConnel was the only other Warrior in double-figures and scored 12 points.
John Brown, meanwhile, shot 9-for-23 (39.1%) from outside. The Golden Eagles’ overall field-goal percentage was even more complimentary as they shot 51% from the field (26-for-51). They went 9-for-13 (69.2%) from the free-throw line.
Scroggins had a perfect night from the field with 6-of-6 shooting and two three-pointers, and Tesis and Page shot 7-for-10 and 4-for-7, respectively. Workman led the team with three treys. Alex Green added seven assists and five points.
Head coach John Sheehy said, “I think we played well tonight in spurts. We weren’t as consistent as we need to be. We just need to find a way to play more consistently.” Commenting on the large crowd that attended the last home game of the semester, he said, “I think it was a great turnout considering it was the week before finals.” This time of year is traditionally a low attendance period for John Brown. The Golden Eagles will not play at home again until Jan. 6 when they host Oklahoma City. Their last game before Christmas is Saturday at 3:00 in Batesville, Ark., against Lyon College.