Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 13, 2004) - After 3 successive losses, John Brown University got back in the win column on Thursday night with a 77-64 victory over Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The Golden Eagles finally put together two good halves of basketball after suffering the last 4 games with poor performances in at least one half of each game. JBU opened up the scoring and never trailed in the game, building a 43-34 halftime lead and then increasing that margin to the final 13 point win.
The hero for the night had to be Ryan Woodson. Woodson had been ill all day and was not expected to play, but ended the night with a double-double, scoring 10 points and bringing down 11 rebounds. His defensive work and hustle throughout the night, although not showing up in the statistical columns, was a key factor in the win..
The scoring leader for the Golden Eagles, as he had been in 4 of the last 6 games, was Abdiel Mendieta with 20 points. Mendieta was also a factor on the boards pulling down 6 rebounds on the night. Brandon Cole pitched in 16 points to help JBU overcome the Drovers for the second time this season. Reyjavick De Gracia, with 9 rebounds and 8 points, was another major factor in the win on Thursday evening.
“This was a must game for us,” said Coach John Sheehy. After 3 straight losses, we needed to pull out all stops and get back into the winning mode. I was proud of the way our guys fought tonight. Ryan’s play was an inspiration to the others on the team because they knew how he was feeling prior to the game. Another road win this Saturday would be a plus as we come back home for two games next week.”
JBU goes to 7-5 for Sooner Athletic Conference play and to 19-6 on the season. The Golden Eagles travel to Alva, Oklahoma on Saturday to play Northwestern Oklahoma State University in a 3:00 pm game.