Junior guard Verdis Lee Jr. supplied a game-high 25 points and Westminster outscored the Eureka Red Devils 16-5 in overtime to pull out an 82-71 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road win on Saturday.
The Blue Jays (10-8, 7-4) trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but pulled the game to 30-29 at halftime. Their deficit was as high as eight points in the second before a Lee jumper with 4 minutes, 8 seconds left pulled the game to a 57-all tie. Westminster trailed by three with 2:23 to go when senior guard Joe James hit a layup and drew a foul from Red Devil forward Nick Finney. James completed the three-point play to knot the game back up at 62-62.
Lee's attempted 3-pointer on the next possession was off the mark and Eureka's attempt to pull ahead on the other end resulted in a missed three and a missed layup off an offensive rebound. Joe James converted a layup out of a Blue Jay timeout with :30 left to give Westminster its first lead of the game at 64-62.
William Woods 80
Owls sophomore guard Patrick Lewis scored 21 points to lead all players, but William Woods' upset bid fell short in an American Midwest Conference loss to No. 3 Freed-Hardeman Lions on Saturday at Anderson Arena.
The Owls (6-14, 4-6) came out firing and got out to its biggest lead of the game at eight points on a layup junior forward Matt Helle with 7 minutes, 52 seconds left. The Lions (16-0, 5-0) proceeded to rip off a 24-6 run over the 5:31 to pull out in front by 10 at 48-38. William Woods senior guard Blake Burgess knocked down a 3-pointer with :06 left to send the Owls into halftime down 52-45.
William Woods would get as close as five points when a Lewis 3 made it 61-56 with 14:19 to go, but a 9-0 Freed-Hardeman spurt over the next 3:19 pushed pushed its advantage back out to double digits.
Indoor track and field
William Woods men finish second,
women fifth at Illinois College Open
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. - Senior Anthony Stockton earned first place in both the weight and hammer throws to power the Owls to a second-place showing at the Illinois College Snowbird Open on Saturday.William Woods totaled 85 points as a team while Central Methodist earned 95 to secure the team title.
Stockton - the 2013 NAIA outdoor champion in the hammer throw - completed a throw of 50 feet, 10 inches to earn the win. His distance of 62 feet, 5 1/4 inches was a national-best for the year and earned him his other first-place finish.
Junior Nick Zink earned a top honor of his own in the 400 meter run, crossing the finish line in 50.70 seconds. Redshirt senior Terrell Shannon took second in the event in 51.20 while sophomore Rhett Cook placed seventh in 52.85 seconds.
Njie clocks personal best at Illinois College
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. - Westminster junior Manyima Njie set a school in the 60 meter at the Illinois College Snowbird Open on Saturday.
Njie set the school mark in the preliminary run, crossing the line in a four-way tie for fourth place at 8.20 seconds. She placed fifth in the finals with a time of 8.43 seconds. Njie's time of 28.55 seconds in the 200 meter was good for eight place while junior Amanda Kilgore ran a 29.98 to finish in 17th.
Senior Sarah Koestner took third place in the 3000 meter with a time of 5:40.20 while sophomore Brier Skogsberg earned seventh place in 5:46.20. Freshman Rachel Bade clocked a time of 1:07.04 to earn ninth in the 400 meter run and while the Lady Blue Jays' distance medley team placed fourth in 14:11.80.