SILOAM SPRINGS -- John Brown's men clamped down defensively and flipped the momentum of the game in a 72-60 win against Wayland Baptist.
The Golden Eagles held Wayland Baptist scoreless for more than 10 minutes in the first half and capitalized with a 29-2 run to close the first half.
"We start making a couple, and that energized us," Beschta said. "We feel like we can guard people in the halfcourt really well and be tough to score on. Once we made it that kind of a game, that was a pretty impressive locked in run for us to be able to go on."
John Brown (25-3, 16-2) carried that momentum into the second half as the Golden Eagles finished the regular season with a 16-0 mark at home.
Wayland Baptist led 16-2 with 12 minutes, 17 seconds left in the first half after a 3-pointer in the corner from Payton Havens.
The Pioneers (18-10, 10-8) wouldn't score again until the 1:42 mark. During that span, JBU had gone on a 26-0 run to take a 28-16 lead before Bonny Udoh's stopped the bleeding with a basket.
JBU senior guard Kiree Hutchings played a big role in that surge with three 3-pointers. He also scored in transition before half to give the Golden Eagles a 31-18 halftime lead.
Wayland Baptist pulled within seven in the second half, but JBU answered with a three-point play from Ira Perrier to get the lead back to 10.
Hutchings finished with a career-high 22 points, while Luke Harper had 11.
J.J. Culver, who scored 100 points in a game for Wayland Baptist earlier this season, led the Pioneers with 18 points, while Jack Nobles added 10.
The Golden Eagles remained in second place in the Sooner Athletic Conference standings heading into the final week of the regular season.
As one of the league's top four teams, JBU will host a first-round game of the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament on March 3.
Wayland Baptist (18-10, 10-8): Culver 18, Nobles 10, Obinwa 6, Brannon 6, Cafisi 6, Udoh 4, Fillmore 3, Mulloy 3, Havens 3, Washington 1.
John Brown (25-3, 16-2): Hutchings 22, Harper 11, Bailey 9, Obradovic 8, Carnes 7, Grabliauskas 7, Beckom 5, Perrier 3.
Wayland Baptist 94, John Brown 59
The fifth-ranked Flying Queens went on a 16-0 run in the first quarter to build a double-digit lead and rolled to the victory.
Jenna Cooper swished a couple of 3-pointers to start the run and a three-point play from Kambrey Blakey gave Wayland Baptist a 20-8 lead.
The Flying Queens (26-2, 16-1) led 31-17 after the first quarter and 45-30 at halftime. Wayland Baptist hit 14 of 18 shots from the field and outscored the Golden Eagles (9-18, 5-13) 36-18 in the third quarter to blow the game open.
Cooper led with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Morgan Bennett and Blakey each had 20 and Payton Brown and Kaylee Edgemon each had 11.
Sara Williams led JBU with 12 points, while Jordan Martin had 10.
Wayland Baptist (26-2, 16-1): Cooper 25, Blakey 20, Bennett 20, Brown 11, Edgemon 11, Breckel 3, Pool 2, Gerber 2.
John Brown (9-18, 5-13): Williams 12, Martin 10, Teague 9, Roh 6, Fergen 6, Matamala 5, Stephens 4, Altman 3, James 2, Vanoverberghe 2.
Sports on 02/23/2020
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