Score: Evangel 112, Baptist Bible College 53 | Box Score
Records: Evangel (6-4); Baptist Bible College (6-4)
Location: Springfield, Mo. | Ashcroft Center
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A hot-shooting Evangel men's basketball team ran away from Baptist Bible College Wednesday night, 112-53 in non-conference action.
The Crusaders improved to 6-4 on the season and won their third straight while sweeping the season series with the Patriots. Evangel won 89-82 at BBC in early November, while Wednesday night's 112-point total was the most for the Crusaders since a 125-114 win over Central Methodist on Feb. 6, 2014.
"We shot the ball really well tonight," said head coach Steve Jenkins. "Both from the field and behind the three-point line to shoot above 48 percent we like our chances. But most importantly we are playing unselfish basketball right now. Making that extra pass and knocking down shots."
Evangel shot 48 percent in the first half to build a 54-29 lead at halftime. That lead extended in the second half as the Crusaders shot 60 percent from the field and outscored BBC 58-24 as five players finished in double figures and all 12 players found the scoring column.
"We still need to make our free throws," Jenkins added. "That's how you win close games and we're not making enough. They hit a few shots early, but our length extended them and then we crashed the glass hard especially in the second half."
A 19-4 run to start the second half saw Pavel Antonov with a pair of dunks to start the run as the sophomore finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Also, during the run, Clark Brewington knocked down a trio of shots behind the three-point line as he led all scorers with 21 points. Brewington went 7 of 8 from behind the arc as the senior pulled down five boards.
Evangel also out-rebounded BBC 58-32 while the Crusaders' length and defense held the Patriots to shooting just 26 percent from the field.
"I like how we played well as a unit tonight," Jenkins finished. "Our big guys got going in the second half and gave us that nice start. It's always good when you can play as many as we did, and everyone gets in the scoring column. Now it's time to get back to work as a big one awaits on the road Saturday."
Evangel heads to perennial power and 6th-ranked William Penn on Saturday. Tipoff from Oskaloosa, Iowa is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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