Siloam Springs, Ark (February 10, 1998) - John Brown University guard Shad Miller connected on 64 consecutive free throws over an 11-game span before missing on Feb. 5 against St. Gregory's College. The 6-4 senior's amazing streak, coupled with his outstanding play in leading the Golden Eagles to an upset victory at #9 Oklahoma Baptist, earned him the honor of Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 2-8. Miller, a native of Tahlequah, Okla., averaged 19 points and 7 rebounds in the wins over SGC and OBU. He is currently second in the NAIA with a 93.6 free throw percentage for the 1997-98 season (146 made, 156 attempts).
Miller's streak fell 10 short of the NAIA Division I record set by Mike Hall of Adams State (Colo.) who hit 74 straight during a stretch in 1992. Miller tied the NCAA Division I mark of 64, set by Joe Dykstra of Western Illinois in 1981-82. The NAIA Division II record of 60 consecutive free throws was set by Dan Rough of Whitworth College (Wash.) during the 1996-97 season. JBU is affiliated with NAIA Division I. Miller led the nation last year with a 93.5 free throw percentage. His career percentage is 89.6. Last season, he became the first third-team NAIA All-American in the history of JBU. His 18.6 points per game average leads JBU this year.