Eagles Complete Season Sweep of Lyon
The WBC men defeated Lyon for the second time this season, but the Lady Eagles saw their second half rally fall short against the Scots Saturday at the Southerland-Mabee Center.
Eagles 78, Lyon 73
The Eagles from Williams Baptist College improved to 9-1 at home this season with a 78-73 victory over the Scots of Lyon College on Saturday. It was the second time this season the Eagles scored 78 against the Scots, as they won at Lyon 78-67 on January 5.
It was a slow start for the Eagles, as they fell behind 7-0 three minutes into the contest, but Head Coach Josh Austin inserted Dustin House into the game and the Williams offense woke up.
House would have an immediate impact making a three pointer on his first possession. That was just the beginning for House, as he proceeded to make his first six 3-point field goal attempts. He scored all 18 of his points in the first half.
"Dustin did excellent job coming off the bench and breaking things open. He was a game changer. He was a big reason we won this game today," said Austin.
After House got the offense rolling the Eagles would open up a first half lead as high as 11 before going into halftime up 37-28.
The Scots came out of halftime steaming, cutting the lead to three within three minutes.
"We came out sluggish and we weren't aggressive like we had been in the first half," said Austin.
Lyon took the lead 59-57 with seven minutes remaining in the game after a 3-point field goal by Devonte Young.
Williams senior Zabian Sanders came down the court and answered with a three- point basket to put Williams back on top.
"We rely heavily on our seniors, and Zabian had struggled up to that point, but we have a lot of faith in his ability."
Kyle Harvey finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for another double-double, his eighth on the season. He has scored at least nine points in every game this season. Sanders chipped in with 14 points and Chase Norwood scored eight points with 10 rebounds.
The Eagles out rebounded the Scots 46-36 in the contest. After turning the ball over 13 times in the first half, WBC only coughed it up four times in the second frame.
"We rebounded, took care of the ball, and made free throws down the stretch. We will win many games if we can do those things," added Austin.
The win improves WBC's record to 15-8 overall and 6-4 in the American Midwest Conference. The Eagles sit in a two way tie for third place in the conference standings, one game behind Park University.
Williams has a week off before they travel to Parkville, Mo., to play against Park. The game will be played on Saturday, February 9 at 4 p.m. Following that contest, they will return home to play William Woods University on Monday, February 12. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 that evening.
Lady Eagles 48, Lyon 55
The Lady Eagles of Williams Baptist College hosted the Scots from Lyon College in an American Midwest Conference contest on Saturday afternoon. The Scots came in ranked 20th in the latest NAIA poll and came away from the Southerland-Mabee Center with a 55-48 victory.
A slow start for the Eagles would prove costly, as Lyon opened the game on a 14-0 run. Lyon would lead by as many as 18 in the first half and went to the locker room with a 40-26 lead.
Williams stormed back in the second half and cut the lead to three with four minutes remaining, but that is as close as they would get.
One bright spot for WBC was their ability to crash the boards, outrebounding Lyon 50-to-37 for the contest. Twenty-two of the rebounds for WBC were on the offensive end.
The Scots held the Lady Eagles to a 27 percent field goal percentage in the contest, while shooting 34 percent on their end.
Michaela Thompson led Williams with nine points, while collecting eight rebounds. Chasity Hamilton and Jasmine Ford followed her with seven points each. Lyon's Suzanne Fincham led all scorers with 14 points.
The Loss drops the Lady Eagles record to 12-11 overall and 5-6 in the AMC. They currently sit in a tie for fifth place in the conference, one game back of fourth. WBC will travel to Columbia, Mo., to play Stephens College on Thursday, February 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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