NEA NAIA Roundup (1/21/21)

NEA NAIA Roundup (1/21/21)
Williams Baptist splits with Lindenwood-Belleville Crowley's Ridge College men fall to Lincoln College. (Source: SOURCE: KAIT)

Lyon swept a basketball doubleheader Thursday. Williams Baptist split at home while Crowley’s Ridge was swept on the road.

Williams Baptist (Women) 88, Columbia 75

A career night for Taylor Freeman (SR/Murfreesboro, Tenn.) helped lead the Lady Eagles to a comeback victory over (RV) Columbia Cougars 88-75 on Thursday night. With the win, the Lady Eagles 7-4; 4-2 in conference play.

Freeman set a new career high with 27 points, 18 of which came in the second half. The Lady Eagles went into halftime down, 45-36, but came out of halftime and really cranked it up, especially in the fourth quarter when they outscored the Cougars 32-16.

When starter Sharisa Kimble (JR/Clarksville, Ten.) had to go to the bench with foul trouble in the second half, Kike Ojo (JR/Bolingbrook, Ill.) came in and stepped up in a big way on the defensive end for the Lady Eagles. She finished with 14 rebounds and a block to lead the Lady Eagles on the boards.

Along with Freeman’s 27 points, Kelsey Abney (SR/Highland, Ark.) had 15 points and Italei Gray (JR/Benton, Ark.) had 11. Abney also had 9 rebounds in the game. The Lady Eagles shot 46.2% from the field (30-65), 29.4% from three-point (5-17), and 63.9% from the free-throw line (23-36).

The Lady Eagles host the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy on Saturday, Jan. 23. Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Columbia 62, Williams Baptist (Men) 54

Williams Baptist dropped a tough, defensive contest to the Columbia College Cougars on Thursday night, 62-54. With the loss, the Eagles drop to 5-7; 3-3 in conference play.

The Eagles had a slow start to the game, only scoring 19 points in the first half, while the Cougars were red-hot from beyond the arc, as they scored 8 three-pointers in the first half.  Things picked up in the second half for the home team, with the Eagles outscoring the Cougars 35-26, however, it wasn’t enough for the Eagles to pull off the win. The closest the Eagles could get was within five points after a Daniel Cabassa (SR/Bronx, N.Y.) three-pointer with 4:10 left in the game.

Shackeel Butters (SR/Freeport, Bahamas)’ recorded his seventh double-double of the season and fifth in a row with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Cortez King (SR/Chicago, Ill.) was also in double figures with 13 points.

The Eagles shot 35.8% from the field (19-53), 33.3% from the three-point line (4-12), and 60% from the free-throw line (12-20).

The Eagles host the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy on Saturday, Jan. 23. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.

#22 Lyon (Women) 70, University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy 57

Behind a team-high 28 points by Jade Giron and a second straight double-double by Paige Kelley (13 points, 15 rebounds), the 22nd-ranked Lyon College women’s basketball team improved to 6-0 (6-0 American Midwest Conference) with a 70-57 win over the University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy (7-4, 3-3 AMC) on Thursday night.

Marleigh Dodson broke an 8-8 tie in the first quarter with a three-pointer before Giron and Katie Turner knocked down back-to-back buckets to give the Scots a 15-8 lead. The Scots continued to control the momentum against the Eutectics and led, 24-13, after the first quarter on a free throw by Kelley. The Scots extended their lead to as many as 17 midway through the second quarter as a three-pointer by Giron gave Lyon a 36-19 lead. UHSP would close the quarter on a 12-3 run and cut the Scots’ lead to 39-31 at the half. 

After a quick bucket by UHSP to start the third quarter, Lyon pushed its lead to 48-34 on a layup by Giron. A pair of free throws by Kelley at the 4:34 mark gave Lyon a 52-37 lead, but UHSP rallied back and trimmed the deficit to 10, 55-45, with just over a minute left in the quarter. The Scots got one final bucket by Giron and led, 57-45, after three quarters. A jumper by Grace Beyer pulled the Eutectics within nine, 58-49, with 8:41 left to play, but that would be as close as UHSP would get the rest of the way as Lyon controlled a double-digit lead the rest of the quarter after a free throw by Kelley in the Scots’ next possession. 

Turner also scored in double figures as she finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. Giron just missed out on a triple-double as she ended the night with nine rebounds and eight assists. 

The Scots will travel to Harris-Stowe for their next game on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Lyon (Men) 62, University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy 49

The Lyon College men’s basketball team held a 28-24 lead over the University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy at the half but the Scots outscored the Eutectics, 34-25, in the second half in a 62-49 win on Thursday night.

Lyon improved to 5-4 (4-2 American Midwest Conference), while UHSP slipped to 1-13 (0-6 AMC). With the win, Chad Tapp now has the most conference wins in Lyon College men’s basketball history (83).

The Scots raced out to an 18-5 lead eight minutes into the first half on a layup by Ray Price. Back-to-back buckets by Cole Anderson and Hunter Daley later in the half extended the Scots’ lead to 24-9. The Eutectics worked their way back into the game, however, and used a 10-0 run to pull back within five, 24-19. A pair of free throws by Grant Patterson ended the UHSP run momentarily before a three-pointer by the Eutectics cut the deficit to four. The Scots answered back with a bucket by Price, but a layup by UHSP with just five seconds left gave Lyon a 28-24 lead at the half.

Dominique Loyd capped off a 12-3 run by the Scots with a three as Lyon extended its lead to 40-27. UHSP pulled back within seven, 42-35, midway through the second half, but seven straight points by Anderson extended the Scots’ lead back to double-digits, 49-35. Lyon went on to hold a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Anderson led the Scots with a team-high 14 points, while Loyd and Price added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

The Scots will continue their home stand on Saturday as they will host Missouri Baptist in another AMC matchup at 3 p.m.

Rust 88, Crowley’s Ridge (Men) 71

Rust College’s hot second-half shooting pushed the Bearcats (4-7) past the Pioneers of Crowley’s Ridge College (6-14). Rust shot 58% in the second half to overcome a four-point CRC halftime lead to earn the victory 88-71.

Kyle Moore led CRC with 13 points on the night.

Rust 86, Crowley’s Ridge (Women) 51

The Crowley’s Ridge College Lady Pioneers held their own in the first half to the (RV) Rust (Miss.) College Lady Bearcats, but a big fourth quarter handed Rust the win 86-51.

The first quarter saw the squads give and take the lead with Crowley’s Ridge (5-5) taking an early 10-5 advantage. The Lady Bearcats fought their way back and regained the lead in the final seconds to end the quarter ahead 18-15.

In the second frame, Rust (7-1) took advantage of a 7-0 run to head into intermission with the Lady Pioneers trailing 39-30.

In the second half, Crowley’s Ridge was bitten by the turnover bug, coughing up seven of their 22 giveaways in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Rust capitalized on those turnovers to the tune of 30 points.

The Lady Bearcats kept their foot on the gas, scoring 21 points in the final act, while Crowley’s Ridge went cold from the floor, bucketing nine.

As a team, the Lady Pioneers were successful on four three-pointers, each one scored by a different player.

Kianna Hardaway continues to put up big numbers in her debut season, recording another double-double by scoring 12 and pulling down 12 rebounds. Octavia Lowery led the scoring with 13 points.

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