WBC Eagles erase 16 point halftime deficit to defeat Toppers

From Williams Baptist College

The third win of the season did not come as easily for the Williams Baptist College men's basketball team as the first two. Timely shooting in the second half provided a dramatic comeback for the Eagles, as they defeated Blue Mountain College 94-88 on Saturday afternoon in Walnut Ridge.

Williams fell behind early in the first half, in particular due to a hot shooting start by the Toppers. Blue Mountain hit several three pointers to build a 51-35 lead at the half.

"Blue Mountain outplayed us in the first half.  We needed to focus on each possession, win each possession. The second half showed everyone the character of this team," stated Head Coach Josh Austin.

WBC slowly erased the 16 point deficit in the early minutes of the second half. With five minutes remaining, Chris Price hit a three-point basket to tie the game at 81.  E.J. Rucker followed that up with another long range bucket to give the Eagles the lead for good.

Five players reached double figures for Williams. Rucker led the way with 22 points, Kevin Charles posted 19 points, James McClain added 16 points, Tony Jeffries contributed with 12 points and Price finished with 10 points and 8 assists. Shane Butler scored 23 points to lead the Toppers.

"The team went above and beyond in the second half. I am so proud of this team and the road is not going to be easier," stated Austin.

The Eagles are now 3-0 on the season. The next scheduled game for WBC is against Bethel University on November 12th in McKenzie, Tennessee. The tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The next home match for Williams is against 14th ranked John Brown University on Saturday, November 16th. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m., in WBC's Southerland-Mabee Center.