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JBU Sports News

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. -- In his first-career start, freshman Nathan Corder shot 6-of-12 from behind the arc and scored a team-best 19 points, leading the John Brown University men's basketball team to an 89-63 win over Central Christian of the Bible (Mo.) on Monday (Jan. 1) afternoon inside Bill George Arena.

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With the victory, the Golden Eagles (7-4) finish non-conference play with a 5-3 record and improve to 4-3 at home on the season. John Brown will now finish the week with a pair of Sooner Athletic matchups, including Wayland Baptist (Texas) on Thursday (Jan. 4), followed by a matinee tilt with Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday (Jan. 6), both of which will happen in Siloam Springs.

Powered by 15 triples, the hosts shot 47.1 percent from the floor (32-of-68) and held a commanding lead in the rebound margin, 53-26, paced by 10 caroms from junior Marquis Waller and eight apiece from sophomores Mateo Habazin and Brenton Toussaint.

The visiting Saints (3-6) relied on five triples through the first five minutes to maintain a brief, yet steady lead on JBU. Once the visitors' reliance on the long ball faded, a Josh Bowling bucket in the paint provided the eighth lead change early in the contest, giving the hosts a 17-16 advantage, and the lead for the rest of the afternoon.

Toussaint netted six points down the stretch while Caudle's triple extended the JBU lead to a half-best 15 points at the 1:31 mark, handing John Brown a 48-33 lead just before the intermission.

The offense slowed in the second half, but the Golden Eagle defense held CCCB to just 31.3 percent from the floor (10-of-32) in the final period and leaned on Corder's 4-of-7 mark behind the arc to prop up the offensive pressure in the final 20 minutes of play.

A 25-8 John Brown run over a 10-minute span in the second half produced the game's largest margin at 34 points, 87-53, with just over five minutes remaining in the contest.

Junior Kristijan Joksimovic added 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting off the bench while Waller added 8 points and 10 boards.

The Saints featured four players in double-figure scoring, paced by Jaime Rodriguez's 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Jesse Granados and Kedron Rollings each added 14 points while Chandler Gheen hit 4-of-5 from behind the arc to register 12 in the loss.