ST. LOUIS — William Woods University senior forward Makenzie Fessler responed with a game-high 16 points and the Owls rallied in the second half for a 76-64 AMC win over the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy Eutectics on Tuesday night.
The victory was the second straight for William Woods University (2-3, 2-1 American Midwest Conference), which overcame a 39-33 halftime deficit by outscoring UHSP 43-25 in the second half.
The Owls fell behind by eight points early in the second half before battling back to tie the game four times, the latter at 50-all on sophomore forward Jared Crutcher's basket in the paint with 10 minutes, 25 seconds to go in the contest.
William Woods then proceeded to go on a 14-6 run to take the lead for good. Senior guard Ian Hodges closed out the run by hitting a pair of free throws with 4:17 left to give the Owls a 64-56 advantage.
Fessler was one of four players to reach double figures for William Woods, which shot 44% (27-of-61) as a team. Sophomore center Darius Yohe supplied 15 points and collected a game-high nine rebounds to help power the Owls to a decisive 40-24 edge on the boards.
Sophomore guard Tyriel Nelson chipped in with 13 points for William Woods and Hodges had 11.
Uros Rogan topped the Eutectics (1-10, 0-3) with 12 points. Jason Udolisa contributed 11 points as UHSP also shot 44% (23-of-52) from the field and committed 19 turnovers.
The Owls stay on the road for an AMC contest at Central Baptist (Ark.) College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.