NEA NAIA Roundup (1/14/21)

#22 Lyon women's basketball routs Stephens in home opener

Lyon picked up wins Thursday in men’s and women’s basketball. Williams Baptist split a hoops doubleheader at Harris-Stowe.

#22 Lyon (Women) 77, Stephens 35

Behind a career-high 25 points from Paige Kelley, the 22nd-ranked Lyon College women’s basketball team opened up the home portion of its schedule on Thursday night with a 77-35 demolition of Stephens College in American Midwest Conference play.

The Scots improved to 3-0 (3-0 AMC), while the Stars fell to 0-3 (0-3 AMC).

Lyon got off to a fast start and took a 13-3 lead midway through the first quarter after a three-pointer by Mari-Hanna Newsom. The last time that Stephens was even within single digits came at the 2:14 mark of the first quarter after Maddy Denslow split a pair of free throws. The Scots went on to close the quarter on an 8-0 run and led 21-4.

The Scots took their largest lead of the first half with 1:16 left to go in the second quarter after a bucket by Jade Giron gave Lyon a 39-12 advantage. After a pair of free throws by the Stars, Blysse Harmon scored on a jumper that put the lead back up to 27 before a three-pointer by Stephens put the score at 41-17 in favor of the Scots at the half.

Much like the first quarter, the Scots commanded the third quarter and outscored the Stars, 16-7, in the period. Lyon pushed its lead to as many as 45 late in the fourth quarter and ended with a 77-35 victory.

Harmon and Giron added 13 points each, while Newsom finished with 12 points.

The Scots will close out their brief home stand on Saturday when they welcome William Woods to Becknell Gymnasium for another AMC contest at 1 p.m.

Lyon (Men) 73, Bacone College 48

The Lyon College men’s basketball team looked impressive in a non-conference road game at Bacone College on Thursday night, shooting over 51% from the field and cruised to a 73-48 victory.

Lyon evened its record to 3-3 on the season, while Bacone fell to 1-12.

The Scots took an early 9-4 lead just under six minutes into the first contest after a layup by Dominique Loyd before Bacone chipped away and knotted the score at 13-13 midway through the first half. Lyon responded with a 7-0 run as a bucket by Cole Anderson gave the Scots a 20-13 lead. The Scots continued to pull away and extended their lead to 33-21 following a three-pointer by Hunter Daley. After a bucket by Bacone, Lyon answered back with a score of their own by Faris Verlasevic as the Scots led, 35-23, at the half.

The Scots took control right from the get-go of the second half and extended their lead to 53-28 with 13:52 left to play following a bucket by Chris Craig. Bacone could only pull as close as 17 points in the second half but the Scots ended the game on a 9-2 run and earned a 26-point victory.

Anderson recorded his first-career double-double as he finished with a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds. Ray Price, Craig and Verlasevic added 10 points each in the win.

The Scots finished 29-of-56 from the floor as a team and held Bacone to just 35% shooting (17-of-48).

Lyon will come back home and return to American Midwest Conference play on Saturday when the Scots take on William Woods at 3 p.m.

Williams Baptist (Men) 66, Harris-Stowe 49

Butters’ fifth double-double of the season paced Williams Baptist to a comeback victory over the Harris-State, 66-49, on Tuesday night. The Eagles are now 5-5; 3-1 in conference play.

After a slow start in the first half, the Eagles came out of halftime strong. They outscored the Hornets 41-17 in the second half. Williams Baptist took the lead for good with 14:26 left in the game when Jaylen Granger (SO/Chicago, Ill.) scored a jumper to give the Eagles a 38-36 lead. From there, they turned up the tempo and didn’t look back.

Butters led the Eagles with 14 points and 18 rebounds. Three other Eagles were also in double figures: Cortez King (SR/Chicago, Ill.) with 12, Brayden Brewer (SR/Piggott, Ark.) with 12, and Nash Davis (JR/Paragould, Ark.) with 10.

The Eagles shot 46.6% from the field, and were 3-4 from the free-throw line. The Eagles are next in action on Tuesday, Jan. 19 as they host Central Baptist. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Harris-Stowe 87, Williams Baptist (Women) 83

Williams Baptist women’s basketball dropped an overtime thriller at Harris-Stowe, 87-83, on Thursday night. With the loss, they fell to 5-4; 2-2 in AMC play.

The game with the Hornets was a close game from the start with the largest lead by either team being seven points. The Lady Eagles were able to tie the game and given a chance to take the lead with :50 left as Kelsey Abney (SR/Highland, Ark.) was fouled as she made a basket. She missed the following free-throw, but Sharisa Kimble (JR/Clarksville, Ten.) was able to corral the rebound and Coach Mayberry called a timeout to draw up one final play with :49 left on the clock. Out of the time out, however, the play wasn’t able to materialize as Taylor Freeman (SR/Murfreesboro, Tenn.) turned the ball over, resulting in the clock running out and forcing overtime.

The Lady Eagles played from behind for the entirety of the overtime period, and had an opportunity to tie it up at the end but Reesa Hampton (FR/Marmaduke, Ark.) and Freeman were on different pages and Hampton turned the ball over.

Freeman led all scorers with 25 points to tie her career-high. Three other Lady Eagles scored in double figures: Abney had 20, Italei Gray (JR/Benton, Ark.) had 17, and Ashlyn Ellis (SR/Pocahontas, Ark.) had 10 off the bench. The 20 points for Abney were a new career-high for her, while Gray’s 17 tied a career-high for her.

Kimble led the team on the boards with 10. The Lady Eagles are next in action on Saturday, Jan. 16 as they travel to Columbia, Mo. to take on the Stephens Stars. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.

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