LANGSTON, Okla. -- Senior Jake Caudle scored a season-best 25 points and the No. 21 John Brown University men's basketball team rode a run midway through the second half to hold on for a 71-68 win over No. 4 Langston (Okla.), handing the Lions its first loss of the season, on Saturday (Jan. 5) afternoon inside the C.F. Gayles Fieldhouse.
Caudle dropped six triples and hit 8-of-11 from the stripe to power his 25-point, seven-rebound performance.
Sooner Athletic Conference Basketball Standings
Science and Arts^3-2^10-3
SW Assemblies of God^3-3^10-4
John Brown 73, Central Christian 37
Wayland Baptist 92, Southwestern Assemblies of God 71
Panhandle State 92, Texas Wesleyan 78
Mid-America Christian at Oklahoma City, ppd.
Science and Arts at Southwestern Christian, ppd.
Langston at Bacone, ppd.
John Brown 71, Langston 68
Southwestern Assemblies of God 83, Panhandle State 80
Science and Arts 70, Oklahoma City 55
Southwestern Christian 61, Mid-America Christian 58
Central Christian 94, Bacone 79
Wayland Baptist 68, Texas Wesleyan 52
Southwestern Assemblies of God at Texas Wesleyan (n)
Oklahoma City at Southwestern Christian (n)
Science and Arts at Mid-America Christian (n)
John Brown at Science and Arts
Wayland Baptist at Oklahoma City
Langston at Southwestern Assemblies of God
Panhandle State at Southwestern Christian
Bacone at Mid-America Christian
Central Christian at Texas Wesleyan
Mid-America Christian at John Brown
Panhandle State at Oklahoma City
Central Christian at Southwestern Assemblies of God
Wayland Baptist at Soutwestern Christian
Science and Arts at Bacone
Langston at Texas Wesleyan
The Lions (12-1, 4-1 Sooner Athletic) suffered its first loss of the season, as the JBU defense held the hosts to a season-worst 30.6 percent (19-of-62) from the floor. LU had previously not shot any lower than 40 percent in a game this season. Its 68 points was also a season-low, held to 15 points below its season scoring average.
"I thought we did an unbelievable job locking in on the defensive end, forcing a high-scoring Langston team to take a lot of tough shots, one's they're capable of hitting," head coach Jason Beschta said. "Jake was impressive -- he played with a lot of aggression and confidence -- including working his way to the foul line.
"Today was a big win and it continues to validate what the team already believes about itself. We just need to stay humble and hungry and focus on improving over the course of the season. Every other team in the conference will be, and any win is hard to come by."
Three triples from Caudle shot the Golden Eagles out to an early 15-5 lead, a lead it would maintain for the entire half.
An early 13-7 run from the Lions to open the second half handed the hosts its first, and only, lead of the contest, 39-36, with just over 16 minutes left. Then, John Brown responded and took the lead back for good.
Senior Josh Bowling hit a pair at the line and sophomore Rokas Grabliauskas added his second bucket of the half to return to the lead and begin a 14-3 rally that finished with a 50-42 John Brown advantage.
The Lions forced John Brown to earn the remainder of its points at the foul line over the final 10 minutes of play as the Golden Eagles needed just two field goals but converted 15-of-19 from the stripe to keep Langston at bay. LU hit just 5-of-15 from the field over the last 10 minutes and committed four turnovers.
Bowling hit 6-of-6 from the line to add 13 while junior Brenton Toussaint contributed a perfect 5-of-5 shooting mark to score 11. Grabliauskas netted 10 points and passed out four assists.
While not shooting well again behind the arc, outside of Caudle, JBU hit 12-of-22 inside the arc and out-scored Langston 20-14 in the paint.
Jorori Coleman scored 14 to lead Langston but took 19 shot attempts. Alfonzo Anderson also netted 14 and grabbed nine boards while Jerami Grace notched 10 points. Knowledge Darby corralled a game-high 10 rebounds.
John Brown now sits atop the Sooner Athletic standings in January for the first time since the 2012-13 season as Beschta tallied his third-career win over an NAIA I top-10 opponent.
Langston had not lost inside C.F. Gayles Fieldhouse since Feb. 10, 2018 (9 games).
The Golden Eagles return to action on Thursday (Jan. 8) at 8 p.m. with another tough conference opponent, Science & Arts (Okla.) in Chickasha, Okla. Tip is slated for 8 p.m.Sports on 01/09/2019
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