|Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 16-8, AMC 11-5||47||42||89|
|Williams Baptist (Ark.) 8-14, AMC 4-12||37||56||93|
|Feb. 9, 2017|
|Walnut Ridge, AR|
|Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)||Indv. Leaders||Williams Baptist (Ark.)|
|#40 Spencer Garner - 19||Points||#12 Dominique Dyes - 19|
|2 Players (#23,#40) - 7||Rebounds||#11 Abel Yekeh - 13|
|3 Players - 4||Assists||#23 Demoine Brown - 6|
|Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)||Team Statistics||Williams Baptist (Ark.)|
|48% (36 - 75)||Field Goals %||49.3% (34 - 69)|
|38.7% (12 - 31)||3 Point Field Goals %||47.8% (11 - 23)|
|100% (5 - 5)||Free Throws||66.7% (14 - 21)|
|13||2nd Chance Pts||14|
Date: February 9, 2017
Score: Williams Baptist College 93 vs. (22) Freed-Hardeman University 89
Records: WBC (8-14, AMC 4-12) vs. (22) FHU (16-8, AMC 11-5)
Location: Southerland-Mabee Center - Walnut Ridge, Ark.
Strong Play Down the Stretch:
The Williams Baptist College Eagles basketball squad came up with clutch plays down the stretch to upset the 22nd ranked Lions from Freed-Hardeman University.
The Eagles erased a 16 point Freed-Hardeman lead and tied the game on an Abel Yekeh (SR/Newark, N.J. ) free throw with 2:41 remaining. After a Lions basket regained a two-point advantage for FHU, WBC made back-to-back 3-point baskets to give themselves a four point lead.
First it was E.J. Rucker (SR/Newport, Ark. ) hitting from the corner on an assist from Kendall Ivy (JR/Chicago, Ill. ), and then Dominique Dyes (FR/Sikeston, Mo. ) knocked one down after Demoine Brown (SR/Luxora, Ark. ) found him open, moving the score to 90-86 with 1:49 remaining.
The Eagles held on the rest of the way to come out with the upset victory in front of a raucous home crowd.
After being outscored 47-37 in the first twenty minutes, WBC turned it around to outscore FHU 56-42 in the second frame.
The biggest differential in the box score was 3-point shooting. The Eagles made 11-of-23 three point field goals for 48 percent, while Freed made 12-of-31 for 39 percent.
Field goal percentage was almost identical as WBC shot 49 percent, while FHU shot 48 percent. The Lions scored 18 points off 17 Eagle turnovers, while Williams scored 15 points off of 18 Freed turnovers. FHU outrebounded WBC 39-to-38, and the Eagles scored 14 second chance points, compared to just 13 for the Lions.
Spreading the Scoring:
Six Eagles scored in double-figures. Dominique Dyes came off the bench to score a game-high 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 6-of-9 from beyond-the-arc.
WBC moved up to tenth place in the American Midwest Conference. They are now three games behind the final spot in the tournament with six games remaining.
The Eagles will tip-off against Lyon College on Saturday, Feb. 11. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.