Date: January 5, 2016
Score: WBC 103, (3) FHU 91
Records: WBC (5-4, 3-3 AMC), (3) FHU (12-3, 6-1 AMC)
Location: Southerland-Mabee Center - Walnut Ridge, Ark.
The first half of the contest saw the tempo fast-paced and high-scoring. The Lions held a 38-32 lead early in the first half, but Williams would respond with a 24-11 run to close out the first frame leading 56-49. The 56 first-half points were a season-high for the Eagles. FHU came out in the second half and began dropping the ball inside the paint to Isaiah Harrison, who Williams had trouble guarding throughout the contest. WBC looked to push the ball and did so consistently, as they scored over 100 points in a game for the first time this season.
Stat of the Game:
Williams shot 54% (33-of-61) from the floor compared to just 43% (32-of-74) for FHU.
The Lions First Defeat in Conference:
FHU came to the SMC with a perfect 6-0 mark in conference play and a 12-2 overall record. The Lions are currently ranked third in the latest NAIA men's poll. Freed-Hardeman has proved to be a formidable opponent. They defeated NCAA Division I and Ohio Valley Conference powerhouse Murray State University 87-85 in an exhibition contest on Thursday, November 5 in Murray, Ky.
Inside the Box Score:
• Braxton Gillespie (JR/Olive Branch, Miss. ) had a career-high 31 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the floor. He went 3-of-6 from behind the arc and went a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
• WBC point guard Stanley Malcom (SR/Chicago, Ill.) missed a near triple-double by two points. He had eight points, ten rebounds and ten assists in the contest.
• E.J. Rucker (JR/Newport, Ark. ) finished with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field.
• Tevin Howard (SR/Luxora, Ark.) added 14 points, which included 3-of-6 from the three-point line. Howard also had eight rebounds.
• Reece Dunlap (JR/Doddridge, Ark. ) also added 14 points. He went 2-of-4 from behind the arc and went 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.
• Aaron Hamby (SR/Malvern, Ark.) was the other Eagle to reach double-figures as he tallied 10 points.
• Freed-Hardeman was led by Isaiah Harrison, who produced a monster game of 33 points and 13 rebounds, both game-highs. Harrison went 14-of-16 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
• Orlando Bass added 23 points for the Lions.
• Team Rebounding: FHU (43), WBC (34)
• Team Assists: FHU (18), WBC (16)
• Team Steals: WBC (8), FHU (4)
• Bench Scoring: WBC (42), FHU (11)
Quote of the Game:
"I thought we played extremely well. There wasn't one player that stood out, they all rose to the occasion," stated Eagles Head Coach Josh Austin. "The easiest thing to do is to explain to your team how talented your opponent is, but we came out and our players trusted the game plan, the coaches and each other."
The Eagles will travel to Fulton, Mo. on Thursday, January 7 for a conference match against William Woods University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., against the Owls.
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