Mikutis soars as men crush Evangels

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Mikutis scored a career high 25 points to lead JBU in a 100-84 win over Mid America Christian on Saturday, Feb. 21

Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 21, 2009) - After matching a career high with 21 points on Thursday night against Oklahoma City, JBU’s sixth man, Andrius Mikutis, topped that performance by putting up 25 points en route to a 100-84 win over Mid America Christian (Okla.) at home on Saturday in Murray Sells. The win gives JBU their 20th victory for the year to go along with eight losses and moves them to 13-7 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

The Golden Eagles had several players do well on the day. Mikutis grabbed five boards after going 7-of-11 from the floor including 3-of-5 from the perimeter and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Davaughn Jackson was one rebound shy of a double-double after recording 22 points and nine boards. Cody Page notched 13 buckets after a 3-for-7 performance from long distance, and Jarrett McGriff continued his steady play adding 12 points and eight rebounds. Another bright spot for JBU was freshman guard Thomas Galliguez, who dished out 10 assists after tallying four points.

The Evangels (3-24, 2-18) got a strong performance from freshman guard Charlie Shorter who finished with 32 points on 12-for-16 shooting, and Brandon Williams and Tyron Goldsmith added 14 and 12 points respectively.

JBU controlled the tempo from the tip and was able to stave off several MACU runs in the first half to take a nine point, 51-42, lead into the break.

MACU opened the second half on a 4-0 run to cut the score to 51-46, but JBU quickly responded after Abel Galliguez sparked a 14-4- run by draining a three at the 18:12 mark to give JBU a 65-50 lead with 14:23 left.

JBU continued to push the ball and score easy baskets on the inside and found themselves ahead by 19, 82-63, after a pair of Mikutis free-throws with 9:06 left. At the 2:39 mark Page drained a deep dagger via the T. Galliguez assist giving JBU their largest lead at 98-75. From here JBU was able to push the cruise button and take home the 16 point win.

Both teams shot high percentages on the day with the Golden Eagles canning 57% (35-61) overall and 40% (8-20) from three. JBU scored 54 points in the paint and had 42 points off the bench. JBU also dominated the glass claiming a 42-21 rebounding edge which led to 26 second chance points.

MACU hit 48% (30-62) on the day including 35% (8-23) from long distance, but struggled on the glass only grabbing 21 boards.

Up next for JBU is Senior Night on Thursday, February 26 versus St. Gregory’s (Okla.) at 8 p.m. During this game, JBU will be honoring seniors Jarrett McGriff, Wes Brown, Cody Page, and Justin Ritz.

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