The Golden Eagles will try to continue their eight-game winning streak tonight on the road against Mid-American Christian University (Okla.).
JBU currently has a record of 21-5, 13-5 in conference and is third in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
The Golden Eagle’s last win came against ninth seeded Northwestern Oklahoma State (Okla.) with a final score of 81-79.
Head coach Clark Sheehy described the game as “a tale of two halves” because of NOSU’s strong shooting in the first half.
In the second half, the Eagles came out strong and defended well, especially senior Andy Garcia who out-rebounded NOSU’s two key big men.
The Eagles will come head to head with MACU’s three game winning streak.
MACU sits at the 10th seed in the SAC with a record of 12-11, 7-11 in conference. They will need every win for the rest of the season in order to continue to the SAC tournament, including tonight’s game against JBU.
As a team, MACU average 80.8 points per game while their opponents average 81.2.
Charlie Shorter, the SAC’s Player of the Week, is leading MACU and the rest of the conference in scoring with an average of 21.8 points per game. Brandon Williams is the team’s second leading scorer with 12.4.
MACU’s leading rebounder is George Haynes with 7 per game followed by Bake Larson with 5.1.
JBU’s top rebounder, senior Andy Garcia, averages 7.6 rebounds followed by fellow senior Adrian Miller with 6.2.
Miller is also JBU’s leading scorer with 15.4 points per game followed by Garcia who averages 11.6.
Miller and Garcia have both been on a streak the past few games. Miller is currently the leading in assists and steals as well, while Garcia is also leading in blocks.
Garcia has reached double digits in scoring and rebounding five times in the last two months, and Miller has achieved double-doubles three times.
Junior EJ McWoods has been on a hot streak the last few games as well and is currently the top free throw shooter in the NAIA.
The Golden Eagles will play Saturday against eighth seeded Oklahoma City University, who needs to secure their spot in post-season play.
Saturday is also Senior Night for the Golden Eagles.
Orlan Jackson is OCU’s top player, leading the Stars with 13.2 points per game and 8.4 rebounds.
Their second leading rebounder is Tim Morton with 6.2 per game and their second leading scorer is Carlton Jones with 12.2 points per game.
The Eagles will play OCU at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the Bill George Arena.