Edmond, Okla. (March 5, 2008) - What’s been a tough year in men’s basketball at John Brown University came to an end on Wednesday morning after the Golden Eagles fell 76-54 to Northwestern Okla. State in the first round of SAC tournament play.
During first half action, John Brown stayed close only falling behind 31-23 at the break. Junior guard Jarrett McGriff had a huge first half effort putting up 13 points to keep his team within eight.
In the second half, NOSU (18-10) came out on fire, opening up to an early 18 point, 45-27, lead with 16:26 left in the game.
The Golden Eagles (10-21) managed to cut it down to 13, 49-36 at the 12:00 mark, but that would be as close of it would get as NOSU continued to knock down shots.
JBU finished the game shooting 35% (19-54) including 21% (5-23) from beyond the arc. For NOSU, they shot 45% (29-65) for the game and 46% (10-22) from long distance. In the rebounding column JBU fell 44-34.
McGriff led all scorers with a game-high 18 points and six rebounds, while Davaughn Jackson and Andrius Mikutis finished with eight each.
Senior guard, Shane Hansen led the Rangers with 17 points after going 5-10 from long range.
A surprise, however, for the Golden Eagles came in the form of senior big man Panamanian Joel Tesis, who had been sidelined with a broken left hand since Feb. 14. Tesis, playing with his hand heavily wrapped, contributed two points and three rebounds in his final game in the blue and gold.
Although head coach Clark Sheehy is disappointed with the loss, he knows his next step is to prepare for next season.
“Northwestern played a great game and knocked down a lot of contested shots,” said Sheehy. “But with all our adversity this year, we had several guys step up. We just need to continue recruiting hard and hopefully finish the spring off with a good recruiting class and get these guys prepared for next season.”