Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 13, 2008) - It was an exciting afternoon in Murray Sells Gymnasium as the JBU men’s basketball team hosted the NAIA’s fifth ranked Hillcats of Rogers State (Okla.). But in the end, it was RSU that walked away with the win defeating JBU 96-82 after claiming a 71-69 win earlier in the year.
After falling behind 10-20 with 12:06 remaining in the first half, JBU regrouped a pulled within one point, 23-24, after a pair of Thomas Galliguez (Sugarland, Texas) free-throws. But RSU (9-0, 4-0) pushed their lead back to 12, 28-40, after going on a16-5 run over the next ten minutes.
During the final two minutes of the half, the Golden Eagles managed to cut it to seven after JBU’s Jarrett McGriff (San Antonio) nailed a three and Andrius Mikutis (Silale, Lithuania) hit a pair of free throws before RSU’s Sylvester Spicer scored a put-back before the buzzer to give his team the nine-point, 42-33, lead before the break.
JBU shot 36% (9-25) in the first half to 33% (10-30) from RSU.
In the opening minutes of the second half, RSU took over and managed to increase their lead to as many as 25 at one point. But the Golden Eagles made a run later in the half and managed to come within 10 points before RSU pulled away and held on for the road win.
Jarrett McGriff paced JBU with 19 points, while leading scorer Davaughn Jackson finished with 16 points and 13 boards before fouling out late in the second half. Two other JBU players reached double digits. Abel Galliguez added 12 and Wes Brown tallied 11 points.
RSU also had four players in double digits led by Matt Kellogg with 19 after going 5-of-7 overall and 3-of-5 from long range. Sylvester Spicer and Eric Young finished with 16 and 15 points respectively, and Aldric Reynolds added 12 for the Hillcats.
Overall, JBU shot 36.1 % (22-61) from the floor including 26.3 % (5-19) from three. JBU was outrebounded 44-31but managed to force 16 turnovers while only committing 13.
For RSU, they manage to shoot 48.3 % (28-58) from the floor including 43.8 % (7-16) from three territory. They also shot an incredible 82.5 % (33-40) from the charity stripe for the game.
The Golden Eagles will be away from action for the next three weeks but return to play on Jan. 3 against No. 10 Oklahoma Christian at 8 p.m.