The Owls outscored the Scots 32-19 in the second half to rally for their third consecutive American Midwest Conference win Saturday at Anderson Arena.
William Woods University — avenging a 51-50 loss at Lyon College on Dec. 21 — squared its season record at 12-12 and moved to 8-9 in the AMC. The Scots slipped to 16-8 overall and 11-5 in conference play.
The Owls were down 31-23 at halftime Saturday and fell behind by 11 points, 37-26, on a basket in the paint by Lyon's Cole Anderson with 17 minutes, 6 seconds to play in the contest.
William Woods, though, tipped the momentum in its favor behind a 19-7 run. Freshman center Darius Yohe converted two free throws with 6:46 left to give the Owls a 45-44 edge.
The two teams then swapped the lead three times before junior guard Ian Hodges hit a 3-pointer to put William Woods in front to stay 52-50 with 1:33 to go.
Junior forward Makenzie Fessler scored 12 points to guide three players in double figures for the Owls, who prevailed despite shooting a dismal 30 percent (15-of-50) as a team. Yohe and senior guard D'Aaron Owens supplied 11 points apiece.
Fessler finished off an impressive double-double by grabbing a game-high 18 rebounds to lift William Woods to a decisive 44-26 advantage on the boards.
Anderson produced a game-high 16 points as the only player to reach double figures for Lyon, which shot just 40 percent (21-of-53) from the field.
On Thursday night, Fessler responded with a game-high 18 points as William Woods outscored No. 19 Central Baptist (Ark.) College 30-20 in the second half to trip the Mustangs in a 66-57 AMC win at Anderson Arena.
Yohe, senior guard Treshawn Gause and freshman guard Tyriel Nelson added 11 points apiece for the Owls, who trailed 37-36 at halftime. William Woods shot just 33 percent (20-of-61) from the field.
Yohe shared game honors by pulling down 13 rebounds and Fessler followed with 12 as the Owls were edged on the boards 45-43.
Tedrick Wolfe tallied 14 points to lead three players in double figures for Central Baptist, which shot only 35 percent (22-of-63) as a team. Simon Okolue contributed 11 points and Tyrone Alston had 10.
William Woods makes a trip to St. Louis for an AMC contest against Harris-Stowe State University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Owls bowed to Harris-Stowe 90-75 on Dec. 3 in Fulton.