Walnut Ridge, Ark. – Despite trailing 30-29 at halftime, the Williams Baptist College men's basketball team utilized a second half comeback and defeated the Trojans of Hannibal-LaGrange University 64-45. The game was played Saturday in Hannibal, Mo.
The match was highly contested throughout the first half, with 15 lead changes and four ties. HLGU shot 46% in the first half on 12-of-26 shooting, but the Eagles held the Trojans to just 5-of-22 shooting (23%) in the second half. WBC out-scored Hannibal 35-15 in the second half of action.
As a team, WBC out-rebounded HLGU 37-26 and forced 13 turnovers. Abel Yekeh (JR/Newark, N.J.) had a season-high 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Yekeh also posted nine rebounds. Forward James McClain (SR/Covington, Tenn. ) had 23 points and nine rebounds. Tevin Howard (JR/Luxora, Ark.) finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The win improves WBC's record to 6-4 overall and 5-1 in the American Midwest Conference. Williams has now won four straight AMC games and sits in third place in the conference standings. The next game for the Eagles is against NCAA Division II opponent Southern Arkansas University on December 31st. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m., in Magnolia, Ark.