Walnut Ridge, Ark. - The Williams Baptist College men's basketball team raced out early and took a 95-79 win over Crowley's Ridge College Tuesday night in the Southerland-Mabee Center.
Williams led 49-30 at the end of the first half and ran away from the defense in the second half en-route to a season-high 95 point outburst. The Eagles also forced 30 Pioneer turnovers in the contest, helping WBC to a 37-8 scoring advantage from points off turnovers.
Bench scoring was also a determining factor as WBC held a 52-17 edge over CRC.
E.J. Rucker (JR/Newport, Ark. ) finished with a team-high 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Tony Jeffries (SR/West Memphis, Ark. ) added a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards. Kyante Smith (JR/Tulsa, Okla. ) had 13 points off the bench and point guard Stanley Malcom (SR/Chicago, Ill.) pitched in with 10 points.
"I'm happy we got some frustration out last night. We played hard, but we have to fix some of our defensive miscues," said Head Coach Josh Austin. "We wanted to speed the game up, but we have to get better at protecting the basket."
CRC (2-1) was led by Jamarkus Lee, who posted 23 points and nine rebounds.
Williams improves to 1-1 overall for the season. The next game for the Eagles will be against John Brown University on Saturday, November 14. The game is part of Homecoming/Parents Day. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the SMC.