Walnut Ridge, Ark.- Williams Baptist College men's basketball hosted the Owls of William Woods University Tuesday for its' fourth American Midwest Conference game of the year. Williams outscored Woods 54-37 in the second half on its way to a 91-74 victory.
The Owls started off the game hot by building an early 10 point lead. The Eagles responded with a run of their own, grabbing a one point lead at the 10 minute mark.
The 12 first half fouls from WBC had the squad shorthanded with plenty of time for the Owls to capitalize. Nonetheless, stout three point shooting from the Eagles counteracted the first half foul troubles. Williams shot 8-for-16 in the first half from behind the arc.
The first ten minutes of the second half went back and forth with neither team able to grab a hold on the lead. Half way through the second half WBC began to build a lead for the first time on the night. The team used its gradual gain to close out the game with the 17 point win.
The Eagles were led by James McClain's game high 29 points. "We played hard on defense, which gave us open looks. I just happened to be on tonight," said McClain.
Head Coach Josh Austin was pleased not just with McClain but the whole team. "Once we got through the foul trouble, we were able to take control of the paint and score easy buckets. If we can play like we did in the second half for 40 minutes we can be a very good ball team," said Austin.
The men's basketball team will resume action with another conference contest Thursday evening against defending conference champions Columbia College. The game will start at 7:30 p.m., and will be played in the Southerland-Mabee Center at WBC.