Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 6, 2004) - After leading 35-26 at the half, the Golden Eagle men came out ice cold in the second half and suffered their 4th SAC loss on Thursday night as Oklahoma City came out on top 83-65. JBU shot 55.6% from the floor in the opening period but could manage only 32.4% in the second half while the Stars shot an amazing 75% from the floor to take the 18 point win. The Golden Eagles held Eric Tatum, the second leading scorer in the SAC, to only 8 points in the first half but he exploded for 18 additional points in the second period to lead all scorers at 26. In addition to Tatum’s 18 second half points, Geno Chambers also pumped in 18 in the last frame to help Oklahoma City overcome the 9 point deficit at half.
With 17 points, Abdiel Mendieta led JBU in scoring for the 4th time in the last 5 games. Reyjavick De Gracia brought down 8 rebounds in leading the Golden Eagles in caroms for the 3rd time in the last 4 games.
“We have to have a tougher mindset throughout the game than we have had in the past three games,” said JBU Coach John Sheehy about the loss. “To become tougher mentally when we do get down is something that must come if we are to stay alive in the conference race. Our loss tonight coupled with Wayland’s loss puts us in a 3-way tie for third in the conference. Wayland, Oklahoma City and us are all setting at 6-4 behind Lubbock at 8-2 and Oklahoma Baptist at 7-3.”
JBU returns to Murray Sells on Saturday for a 3:00 pm game with St. Gregory’s University.