Golden Eagles Finish Strong in Conference Victory

Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 28, 2006) - In a late surge reminiscent of the 2005 NAIA National Championship game, the John Brown Golden Eagles used a 15-0 run to overcome a 50-49 deficit and claim a 64-50 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State Saturday in Siloam Springs. Brandon Cole scored eight of his 22 points and hit 2 of his 3 three-point baskets during that stretch. Adam Workman also connected on 3 three-point shots in the game and finished with 12 points. Alex Terry scored 8 points and contributed 6 assists. Tramain Davis led the Rangers with 11.

John Brown (11-9, 6-3 SAC) went up 10-0 in the first 42 seconds of the game, but Northwestern Oklahoma State (12-8, 3-6 SAC) settled in, and with a series of five treys cut their deficit to 28-25 by halftime. The Golden Eagles again started the second half strongly and led by 10 three separate times after a three-pointer by Workman and two-point baskets by Cole and Terry.

The Rangers, however, would not go away. A basket by Kris Johnson gave them their first lead, 48-47, with 6:33 to play, but Cole hit two free throws to put John Brown ahead 49-48. LeRon Bradley then hit a pair of free throws to give Northwestern Oklahoma State its second lead, 50-49. That’s when the Golden Eagles clamped down. Cole hit a trey and two more free throws, and Cody Page added another three-pointer. Then Cole connected on his third trey of the day, and Workman and Page scored John Brown’s final four points from the free-throw line.

The win was John Brown’s fifth in six games and could place them as high as third in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Terry continued to lead the SAC in assists with 6 per game, and Workman ranks second in three-point percentage. Cole, meanwhile, is the league’s second-leading scorer, averaging 21 points per game.

The Golden Eagles host Southern Nazarene Thursday at 8:00.

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