Turnovers prove costly as men’s basketball drops game at Wayland

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PLAINVIEW, Texas -- Russell Harrison poured in a game-high 25 points for Wayland Baptist and the Pioneers held off the John Brown University men's basketball team on Saturday (Jan. 7) afternoon by a 91-66 final inside the Hutcherson Center.

The Golden Eagles (9-6, 1-3 SAC) were hampered by 19 turnovers and a 38.7 percent shooting mark from the floor as only two players finished in double figures.

The setback was JBU's second in a row, marking its first back-to-back losses since Nov. 8.

Sophomore Jake Caudle scored a team-best 18 points on five triples while senior Zach English added 10 points. Freshman Brenton Toussaint contributed a strong outing, providing eight points, eight rebounds and a block.

Despite the Pioneers' early six-point advantage, back-to-back buckets from Toussaint and senior Matthew Ledford, a triple, JBU held a 21-20 lead midway through the first half.

However, over the next six minutes, Baptist would rip off a 18-7 run to take a 10-point advantage, 38-28, which widened to 13 when WBU's Ruben Lopez hit a triple just before time expired.

The Golden Eagles were limited to just three field goals over the final 7:50 of play in the initial period.

Pouring in seven triples and shooting 46.2 percent in the second half, the Pioneers (11-5, 3-1 SAC) out-scored the visitors 50-38.

JJ Culver and Joshua Throns each poured in 16 for Baptist off the bench. Maurice Redmond added 11 points in 30 minutes of play.

The Golden Eagles held a slight edge on the glass, 38-37, but Wayland secured a 13-4 advantage in points off turnovers and enjoyed 47 points off the bench, compared to 33 from the John Brown reserves.

JBU returns to action on Thursday (Jan. 12) when the Golden Eagles face Southwestern A.G. (Texas) in Waxahachie, continuing its season-long four-game road swing. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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