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COLUMBIA — The William Woods Owls could not overcome a 32-point halftime deficit in falling to the Tigers 100-67 on Saturday at the Columbia College Classic.

Freshman guard Tyriel Nelson scored a team-high 11 points for William Woods (1-2), which shot 37 percent (26-of-70) as a team. Sophomore Andrew Nett added 10 points.

Freshman center Darius Yohe grabbed eight rebounds as the Owls were outrebounded by a decisive 51-35 margin.

Nic Reed supplied a game-high 20 points to guide four players in double figures for Olivet Nazarene, which shot 49 percent (36-of-73) from the field. Dane Schlafley followed with 16 points, Alex Gross had 12 and John Contant contributed 10.

William Woods opened play in the Columbia College Classic on Friday by edging No. 25 Peru State (Neb.) 74-71 for the Owls' first win of the season.

Junior guard Ian Hodges knocked down a 3-pointer for William Woods to break a tie at 69 with 1:58 to play. Hodges then sealed the Owls' victory by scoring in the paint with 1:06 left.

Junior forward Codi Whitlock — who was 7-of-9 from the field — produced 14 points to pace William Woods. Hodges was next with 13 points and freshman forward Jason Mason provided 12 as the Owls shot 43 percent (31-of-72) as a team.

Yohe and junior forward Makenzie Fessler both pulled down six rebounds to help give William Woods a 40-39 edge on the boards.

Kendrick Robinson connected for a game-high 20 points for Peru State, which shot 47 percent (26-of-55) from the field. Deonte McReynolds and Nick Brannon chipped in with 11 points apiece.

The Owls return home to face No. 4 William Penn (Iowa) at 4 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Arena.

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