JBU Men at Home for Last SAC game – Women at SAC Tourney

Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 1, 2004) - After a tough 2 game road trip to the Plains of West Texas, John Brown University men’s basketball team returns home to Murray Sells Athletic Center for a game with Sooner Athletic Conference leader Oklahoma Baptist University. The two losses in Texas dropped the men from third in the SAC to fifth since both Wayland Baptist and Oklahoma City University had wins in last week’s action. The Thursday night game with Oklahoma Baptist will begin at 7:30 pm. There is no preliminary women’s game.

Hector’s Brandon Cole leads a trio of JBU men in double figure scoring with 14.7 points per game. Senior Abdiel Mendieta scores at the rate of 13.8 points per game and junior Reyjavick De Gracia is at 10.0 points per game. Leading the Golden Eagles in rebounding is De Gracia with 7.20 rebounds per game while Ryan Woodson of Rogers is pulling down 6.17 rebounds per game.

Cole and Mendieta have moved into the career leaders in scoring this year. Mendieta has scored 1346 points in his JBU career and now is only 3 points away from 8th on the all-time scoring list. Cole broke over the 1000 point mark (1008) in career scoring with his 30 points against Lubbock Christian and his 9 three-pointers brought him up to 115 for the year. Combined with the 129 treys last year, Cole has advanced to the number 1 all-time leader in three-pointers made with 244 in less than two years, breaking the old mark of 234 set by Andy Benson between 1990 and 1995.

The NAIA No. 12 JBU women also dropped two games in Texas and slid from a third place tie in the Sooner Athletic Conference to fourth outright. With the fourth place finish, the women will be playing the 5th place team, Oklahoma Christian University, in the first round of the Carl’s Jr. Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday at 4:00 pm.

Two athletes from Northwest Arkansas are leading the 21-10 Golden Eagle women. Siloam Springs’ Kendra McCormick tops the scoring list with 14.3 points per game while shooting 56.3% from the field and pulls down rebounds at the rate of 5.03 per game. Bentonville’s Ashley Wettengel leads the team in rebounds with 5.45 per game and is second in scoring to McCormick with 12.0 points per game.

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