Walnut Ridge, Ark. - The Williams Baptist College men's basketball team hosted Lindenwood University-Belleville on Thursday night for an American Midwest Conference match. The Eagles ran away from the Lynx en route to a 95-76 victory.
Williams raced out early to an early 26-15 edge and held a 43-28 lead at the end of the first half. The Eagles scored 52 points in the second half of action and had a lead of 31 points with 7:16 left in the contest.
As a team, WBC out-rebounded the Lynx 40-34 and had 21 assists compared to only 12 turnovers.
"I was very pleased offensively," stated Head Coach Josh Austin. "Scoring against a very talented Lindenwood team was huge. We did a great job defensively, also. I was pleased with our hunger and pursuit of the ball."
Stanley Malcom (SR/Chicago, Ill.) and E.J. Rucker (JR/Newport, Ark. ) tied for the team lead in scoring with 22 points, each. Rucker went 9-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Malcom was 8-of-14 and 4-for-6 from behind the arc. Malcom also added six assists.
Braxton Gillespie (JR/Olive Branch, Miss. ) had 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He also added five rebounds and four steals. Tony Jeffries (SR/West Memphis, Ark. ) was the only other Eagle in double-figures in scoring. He posted 12 points, which included a pair of highlight dunks in the first half. He also had six boards.
"Defensively, Lindenwood keyed in on Tony," added Austin. "Credit to our post-players for finding open shooters and our shooters taking quality shots."
Williams improves to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the AMC. The next match for the Eagles will be against NCAA Division II and in-state foe Southern Arkansas University. The exhibition contest is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start in Magnolia, Ark., on Monday, November 23.