Men's Basketball - Thu, Jan. 14, 2010
Oklahoma Baptist fought off John Brown to keep a perfect record intact Thursday in the Noble Complex, 82-76.
The Bison got 22 points 10 rebounds and six assists from Nate Brumfield and 21 points from Jerrod Tillmon and needed just about all of that.
"That may be our true ‘Welcome to the Sooner Athletic Conference' this year," said OBU coach Doug Tolin. "That could be what the next 14 games will be like. We had to fight for our lives in our own gym."
The Bison never trailed for the last 38:30 of the game but the Golden Eagles stuck around like snow in the shade.
OBU led by as many as 14 points in the first half after an 8-0 blitz gave the Bison a 34-20 advantage with 3:06 to play before intermission. The lead shrank to 40-32 by halftime.
The Golden Eagles got within three in the first 2:20 of the second half, but OBU opened a 58-47 lead over the next six minutes and the lead bounced around between seven and 11 points until OBU took an 81-69 edge with 56 seconds left.
The Golden Eagles scored seven points in the last 35 seconds to make it an 82-76 final.
"We were 15 of 19 in the second half; we hit all of our three-pointers and we only turned the ball over six times," said Tolin, "That's about as good as we can do and we got outscored in the second half. Obviously we have to do a better job on defense."
A.J. Hawkins added 10 points for the Bison, who shot 64 percent from the field for the game.
Andrius Mikutis led JBU with 17.
Now 16-0 on the season and 8-0 in the SAC, the Bison head back out on the road to Rogers State in Claremore Saturday at 8 p.m.