Walnut Ridge, Ark. – The Williams Baptist College Eagles men's basketball team ended Freed-Hardeman University's perfect run in American Midwest Conference play by defeating the Lions 68-67. The game was played Tuesday night in Walnut Ridge, Ark.
The highly competitive match saw a tied score of 34-34 at the end of the first half. Williams pushed out to an eight point lead with 1:42 left in the game, and hit timely free-throws to help complete the upset bid. The contest featured 12 lead changes and eight ties total.
All five starters for WBC reached double-figures in scoring. Carter Clerveaux (SR/Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a season-high 18 points to lead the team. Stanley Malcom (JR/Chicago, Ill.) had 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Abel Yekeh (JR/Newark, N.J.) added 12 points and seven boards while James McClain (SR/Covington, Tenn. ) also finished with 12 points. Tevin Howard (JR/Luxora, Ark.) rounded out the scoring by contributing 11 points.
The Lions (12-2, 8-1) were led by Ben Meis, who finished with a game-high 24 points. Teammate Cameron Lewis finished with 20 points.
With the win, Williams improves to 7-5 overall and 6-2 in the AMC. The victory also moves the team into a tie for third place with Columbia College. The next competition for the Eagles is against the Lynx of Lindenwood-Belleville University, who currently sit in fifth place in the AMC standings. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m., on January 10th, at Belleville, Ill.