MEMPHIS—The Christian Brothers University Bucs overcame an uncharacteristically cold shooting night as they won 63-50 over Williams Baptist Thursday night at Canale Arena.
After a sluggish start, the Bucs (8-2) scored seven straight points to take an 11-8 lead on a Harry Green (Memphis, Tenn./White Station HS) fastbreak layup, and they never trailed again. They were never able to extend the lead past 12 points until the final seconds, spending most of the night with a single-digit margin.
The Eagles (5-5) cut the margin to 52-46 on a Kyle Harvey free throw with 4:28 remaining, but the Bucs finally began to pull away as Zack Warner (St. Louis, Mo./Clayton HS) sank back-to-back jumpers to put the lead back to 10 points at 56-46. The Eagles never came closer than eight again, and the Bucs made five of six free throws in the final minute to extend the margin to 13.
Scott Dennis (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore HS) led the Bucs with 16 points, 17 rebounds, and five assists, while Green and Warner added 15 each. Warner blocked four shots, one off his season high. Cory McArthy (St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers College HS) added nine points off the bench, making three of six three-pointers.
Harvey led the Eagles with 19, and Wes Livingston scored 13 with eight rebounds.
The Bucs shot 34.4 percent (21-of-61) overall and just 25 percent (6-of-24) from three-point range. They held WBC to 33.3 percent (18-of-54) overall and 12.5 percent (2-of-16) from beyond the arc. CBU out-rebounded the Eagles 45-39, including a 15-9 edge in offensive rebounds. The Bucs forced 11 turnovers while committing just seven.
The Bucs wrap up a stretch of three games in five days Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. when they host West Alabama.