SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. — No. 14 John Brown (4-0) used double-digit scoring from three different players and a 52-30 rebounding advantage to beat Central Baptist (Ark.), 81-63, tonight inside Bill George Arena.
Senior guard Gilbert Gyamfi posted a personal season-best and a game-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field while sophomore guard Kofi Josephs and junior Max Hopfgartner contributed 18 and 17 points, respectively. Gyamfi also tallied a game-high four assists and grabbed seven rebounds in the winning effort.
A Hopfgartner layup at the 16:41 mark began a 12-4 Golden Eagle run over 5:18, handing the hosts a 21-11 lead. The Mustangs retaliated with a run of its own, immediately jetting to a 14-10 rally over the next 6:16 to pull within 31-28. Both teams finished the first half scoring eight points, resulting in a 41-36 JBU advantage at halftime.
Finally, the Golden Eagles were able to pull away for good at the 7:34 mark of the second half. Boasting a 50-41 lead, Gyamfi's bucket spurred John Brown to a 15-8 run over the next 7:58 which featured a pair of triples from senior Kurtis Phillips and baskets from JBU big men Hofpgartner and sophomores Nate Anderson and Jared Johnson.
A pair of Phillips conversions from the charity stripe with5:26 remaining in the game bolstered John Brown's largest lead of the game (19). A pair of Josephs triples down the stretch cemented the 81-63 victory.
The Golden Eagles finished the evening shooting at a 27-of-63 (42.9 percent) clip from the field and converting 20-of-26 attempts from the free throw line. The visitors managed a 20-of-57 (35.1 percent) effort from the field, but a 52-30 rebounding advantage by JBU allowed the hosts 17 second-chance points. John Brown outscored Central Baptist 38-24 in the paint.
In the battle of the benches, the Golden Eagle reserves outscored Central Baptist's by a 16-9 margin, led by Anderson's seven points. He also finished the evening with three blocked shots, extending his nation-leading to 18, averaging 4.5 swats a night.
JBU will now rest until Tuesday (Nov. 12) when it travels to Little Rock, Ark., to face Philander Smith at 7:00 p.m.