|William Woods (Mo.) 12-4, AMC 7-2||38||44||82|
|Williams Baptist (Ark.) 6-8, AMC 2-6||39||24||63|
|Jan. 5, 2017|
|Walnut Ridge, AR|
|William Woods (Mo.)||Indv. Leaders||Williams Baptist (Ark.)|
|#25 Torin Washington - 21||Points||#15 E.J. Rucker - 17|
|#25 Torin Washington - 12||Rebounds||#5 Marcus Springer - 6|
|#0 Shannon James - 7||Assists||#23 Demoine Brown - 8|
|William Woods (Mo.)||Team Statistics||Williams Baptist (Ark.)|
|54% (34 - 63)||Field Goals %||38.5% (25 - 65)|
|47.1% (8 - 17)||3 Point Field Goals %||37.5% (9 - 24)|
|60% (6 - 10)||Free Throws||40% (4 - 10)|
|13||2nd Chance Pts||6|
Date: January 5, 2017
Score: Williams Baptist College 63 vs. (19) William Woods University 82
Records: WBC (6-8. AMC 2-6) vs. WWU (12-4, AMC 7-2)
Location: Southerland-Mabee Center - Walnut Ridge, Ark.
Second Half Blues:
The Eagles from Williams Baptist College had a strong half against the NAIA's 19th ranked Owls from William Woods University. But the Woods defense tightened in the second half, and allowed them to walk away with the victory.
The first ten minutes of the game were back-and-forth, with neither team getting an advantage and both teams supplying plenty of points. Woods went on a mini run to take a four point lead with 1:30 remaining in the first half, but WBC responded with a 5-0 run of their own to take a 39-38 advantage heading to the break.
After a back-and-forth first half, WWU came storming out in the second frame and outscored Williams 44-24 for the eventual 82-63 final score.
WWU's greatest advantage was shooting 54 percent from the field, including 8-of-17 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, WBC made 25-of-65 shots in the contest for 39 percent.
WBC forced 16 turnovers, resulting in 20 points.
The Owls bench outscored the Eagles 46-to-26. WWU won the rebounding battle 45-to-31.
E.J. Rucker (SR/Newport, Ark. ) led the Eagles with 17 points. He made four 3-pointers in the first half in his first home game of the season. He finished 5-of-9 from downtown.
Joining him in double-figures was Allen Buchanan (SR/Marked Tree, Ark. ) who scored 10 off-the-bench for the second straight game.Torin Washington led all scorers with 21 points, 19 coming in the second half for Woods.
Conference Outlook:The loss drops WBC's American Midwest Conference record to 2-6 and leaves them 10th place in the conference. They sit six games behind first place Columbia College.Despite sitting in 10th place, they are only one game behind seventh place.
The Eagles will will host sixth ranked and conference leaders Columbia College on Saturday, January 7, at 3 p.m. It will be the fourth game in seven days for WBC.