|Williams Baptist (Ark.)||35||35||70|
|Feb. 18, 2017|
|Williams Baptist (Ark.)||Indv. Leaders||Columbia (Mo.)|
|#15 E.J. Rucker - 19||Points||#32 Malik Ray - 15|
|#11 Abel Yekeh - 13||Rebounds||#32 Malik Ray - 9|
|3 Players - 2||Assists||5 Players - 2|
|Williams Baptist (Ark.)||Team Statistics||Columbia (Mo.)|
|43.8% (28 - 64)||Field Goals %||44.1% (26 - 59)|
|40.9% (9 - 22)||3 Point Field Goals %||33.3% (8 - 24)|
|33.3% (5 - 15)||Free Throws||77.8% (7 - 9)|
|8||2nd Chance Pts||2|
Date: February 18, 2017
Score: Williams Baptist College 70 vs. (3) Columbia College 67
Records: WBC (10-16, AMC 6-14) vs. CC (25-3, AMC 18-2)
Location: Arena of Southwell Complex - Columbia, Mo.
The Williams Baptist College Eagles basketball squad traveled to Columbia, Mo., for a contest against the third ranked Cougars from Columbia College. Abel Yekeh (SR/Newark, N.J. ) finished the game with a double-double, while E.J. Rucker (SR/Newport, Ark. ) scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Eagles to the upset victory 70-67.
Senior E.J. Rucker showed up big for WBC in the second half.Williams was trailing by six points with 16:30 remaining in the game, and the veteran took over. He scored six straight points to tie the game and lead a 20-to-4 run over eight minutes to give the Eagles a 10 point advantage. He scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half.
Columbia showed why they are highly ranked, as they twice battled back to tie the game. But WBC would not allow them the go ahead points, as E.J. Rucker once again stepped up knocking down a two point basket with 2:20 before Dominique Dyes (FR/Sikeston, Mo. ) hit a 3-point basket with 1:25 remaining, giving the Eagles the lead for good.
The game was sealed as a Cougar 3-point basket rimmed out with five seconds remaining and WBC came out of CC's Southwest Complex with a win for the first time in program history.
Both teams shot similar in the contest, but the Eagles held the edge from 3-point range. WBC shot 44 percent from the field, but made 9-of-22 from 3-point range for 41 percent. Columbia made 44 percent from the floor, but just 33 percent from beyond-the-arc.
The Eagles held a slight advantage on the glass, out rebounding the Cougars 38-to-36. However, WBC had 10 offensive rebounds that led to eight second chance points, while CC managed five for two, second chance points.
Both benches played well, contributing with an equal 21 points.
Williams overcame a poor free throw shooting night. They made 5-of-15, while CC made 7-of-9.
E.J. Rucker led all scorers with 19 points, 16 of which came in the second half. He made 7-of-13 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range.
Abel Yekeh dominated the paint, scoring 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while collecting 13 rebounds.
Dominique Dyes came off the bench to score 12 points, making 4-of-7, 3-point field goals in 23 minutes of action.
"I cannot say how proud I am of the guys. We won tonight because of their love for each other and setting each other up for success. I love coaching this group and I am very proud of them," said Head Coach Josh Austin.
Season Coming to an End:
The Eagles have two games remaining on the schedule. They will host Missouri Baptist University on Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m., and St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Feb. 25, at 3 p.m
You can watch a complete replay of the game and keep up with all WBC athletics at www.wbceagles.com.