SILOAM SPRINGS- The No. 23 John Brown University Golden Eagles (13-6, 5-3 SAC) controled the entire game, from start to finish, in their 98-43 victory over the Cavaliers. JBU was shooting at a very high percentage, they were dominant at grabbing rebounds, they were forcing turnovers, and they played great defense for the entire 40 minutes. St. Gregory's University (2-13, 0-8 SAC) fell behind quick as the Golden Eagles jumped out to an early 18-2 lead, and the first quarter ended with the Cavs trailing 28-6. At the end of the first half, JBU led 49-16. JBU shot 60.6 percent from the field, shot 61.5 percent from 3 point range, forced 13 turnovers, and had assists on 18 of their 20 baskets in the first half of the game.
JBU is the best 3 point shooting team in the nation, and they lead all other NAIA Div. I programs in three point field goals per game (10.72), three point field goals made (193), and in three point field goal percentage (.408). The Golden Eagles shot better than their season average by finishing the game with 13 three pointers and shooting 54.2 percent from three point range. They are also the sixth best team in the nation at assisting on baskets, averaging 17.667 per game, and tonight they finished the game with 28 assists. The team's season average for field goal percentage (.442) will rise up, after finishing the game at 57.4 percent.
Although the Cavaliers lost, Kylee Tatum (SR/Bethel, Okla.) had another big game, as she scored a game high, 21 points. This is Tatum's fourth 20 point performance so far this season, and is the fourteenth leading scorer in the nation.
John Brown University was led by Luize Skrastina's 16 points, and Baily Cameron's 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Kimmy Deines scored 13 points, Preslea Reece scored 11 points, and Jana Schammel scored 10 points for the Golden Eagles.
The Cavs will be back in action at home on Thurs., Jan. 26, as they take on No. 19 Wayland Baptist University.