Golden Eagles Outclawed by Hillcats

Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 6, 2007) - John Brown dropped a tough 66-72 decision against Rogers State (Okla.) at home on Thursday night. James Manthe led all scorers with 25 points in the losing effort. The loss drops JBU to 7-3 overall, 1-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. RSU moves to 7-2, 2-1.

With 3:24 left in the first half, the Golden Eagles held a 32-12 lead over the Hillcats. However, RSU managed to cut it down to 35-23 before the break and continued clawing away at the JBU lead early in the second half. After going on a 15-5 run, RSU was back in the game only being down 40-38 at the 15:28 mark in the second half.

At the 14:02 mark, James Coats gave RSU their first lead of the game after drilling a three-pointer to put his team ahead 41-40. But at 8:23 James Manthe would tie things up for JBU at 52 after taking it to the hole for the layup.

RSU regained the lead at 4:39 after Eric Young followed up his own missed shot to give RSU the 58-57 lead. RSU started to pull away in the final minutes of the game as turnovers continued to haunt the Golden Eagles.

Young and Roderick Rodgers led RSU with 16 each. Rodgers also grabbed 11 boards.

JBU’s top scorers, Cody Page and Joel Tesis, both had rough games for the Golden Eagles on Thursday night. Page went down hard late in the first half and had to be helped off the court. He played sparingly the rest of the game, while Tesis battled foul trouble and ended up fouling out with 5:07 left in the game. Page finished with five points and Tesis had eight.

For the game, JBU shot 52% while RSU shot 44%. But the key to tonight’s game came in the turnover and rebounding column. JBU committed 27 turnovers to 21 from RSU and also lost the rebounding battle 27-35 (17 offensive).

“The officials didn’t beat us tonight,” said head coach Clark Sheehy. “If we handle the ball and cut down on our turnovers it’s a different story. We didn’t handle the pressure very well and I was disappointed because I thought we were prepared for it.”

JBU won’t have long to think about the loss as they prepare for NCAA Division I Arkansas Little Rock coming up on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Little Rock. UALR is currently 6-1 on the year.

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