William Carey men's and women's basketball get wins on the road

William Carey men's and women's basketball get wins on the road

This is a news release from William Carey athletics.

Women's basketball

Montgomery, Ala.- William Carey University wrapped up a two game Southern States Athletic Conference road swing with a thrilling 82-77 triple overtime win over Faulkner University on Saturday afternoon at Tine Davis Gymnasium.

With the win WCU improves to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in SSAC play.

The Lady Crusaders fell behind briefly at the start but regrouped and Samara Dingiswayo (JR/Slidell, La.) scored five straight points late in the half to spark a 12-4 run to send WCU into the half up 29-20.

Carey stretch the lead to 14 points midway through the second half before Faulkner began to rally. The Lady Eagle put together a 17-4 run to take their first lead since the opening minutes moving in front 47-46 with 4:10 to play. WCU responded as Keoshya Wilson (SO/Ellisville, Miss.) scored four straight points to put WCU up 52-49 with thirty seconds to play. On the Lady Eagles final possession China Leary drilled a deep three point shot with three seconds to play to force overtime.

WCU held as much as a three point lead in the first overtime but Faulkner rallied and Nyla Johnson free throw tied things up again to send the game into a second overtime. In the second overtime WCU fell behind early but back to back buckets by Wilson and Ashton Scarborough (SR/Columbia, Miss.) gave WCU a 65-59 lead with 56 seconds to play. Again Faulkner rallied and Kayla Tillman's three pointer with fourteen seconds to play tied things up yet again.

In the final overtime WCU fell behind at the start but rallied again as Wilson's jumper with 1:13 to play would put WCU up for good. Carey iced the game away at the line as Dingiswayo and Shania Posey (FR/Ellisville, Miss.) converted the final four free throws to send WCU off as winners.

Dingiswayo led WCU and all scorers with a game high 22 points. Wilson finished with 16 points, Scarborough added 12 points and Posey finished with 11 points.

WCU returns to action next Friday as they host Coastal Georgia. Tip-off is set for 5:30 pm at Clinton Gym.

With the win WCU improves to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in SSAC play.

Men's basketball

Montgomery, Ala.- No. 5 William Carey University snapped a two game losing streak as they defeated Faulkner University 76-68 in SSAC action Tine Davis Gymnasium.

With the win WCU improves to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in SSAC play.

After a back and forth start in the first half the Eagles made three straight three point baskets to open a 23-15 lead with 9:55 to play in the half. Trailing 32-26 with 2:25 to play in the half, WCU reeled off seven straight points to close the half up 33-32.

WCU continued their run opening the half with a 17-1 run to open a 50-34 lead with 14:13 to play.

Faulkner made things interesting going on a 15-2 run to the cut the lead to five but Carey responded and quickly pushed the lead back to 15 points and would never look back.

The Crusaders finished the game shooting 54% from the floor while holding Faulkner to just 32%.

Reshad Bickham (SR/Jackson, Miss.) led a balanced WCU attack with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Donta Pittman (JR/Waynesboro, Miss.) finished with 11 points and Emmanuel Davis (JR/Buckatunna, Miss.) added 10 points.

WCU head coach Steve Knight will look to make history next Friday as he goes for career win number 600 when the Crusaders host Coastal Georgia. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm at Clinton Gym.

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