Double-Doubles from McElroy, Burgess Help Owls to Win
FULTON, MO -- The William Woods University men's basketball team got its 2012-13 season off to a brisk start on Tuesday night, cruising to a 79-42 win over St. Louis Christian College. Roy McElroy and Blake Burgess each recorded double-doubles in the win, with McElroy notching game-high outputs of 23 points and 14 rebounds. Burgess added 15 points on the night, pulling down 13 rebounds.
It was McElroy who would set the tone of the game early, with a thundering dunk with just nine seconds gone. The Owls forced a turnover on the first SLCC possession, with Logan Decker swiping the ball and finishing the fast break as the Owls roared out to a 25-8 lead.
WWU continued to edge away throughout the first half, taking a 47-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Both teams came out of the locker room a bit flat. WWU was able to muster just three points in the first six minutes of the half, hitting on just one of eight attempts from the floor. Defensively, however, the Owls held the Soldiers to 3-of-7 shooting for seven points over the same span.
William Woods was able to outlast the Soldiers, eventually reeling off a 12-0 run to stretch the lead back 75-38 with 1:51 left and hanging on for the 79-42 win.
The Owls finished the game hitting at a .459 clip (13-35) from the floor after a .538 (21-39) pace in the first half. WWU connected on just three of 17 attempts from distance in the game, for a .176 pace. In addition to McElroy and Burgess, Decker also hit double digits for the Owls, knocking in 15 points.
The Soldiers shot a consistent .283 (17-60) from the floor and were led by Joeleigh Rattray's 13 points. James Brown added 11 points for SLCC, with Julian Brown grabbing 10 rebounds in the contest.
WWU controlled the glass on the evening, with nearly as many defensive rebounds (35) as St. Louis Christian pulled down overall (36) on the night. The Owls held a 52-36 overall edge and a 17-10 edge on the offensive glass. Of McElroy's 14 rebounds on the night, six came on the offensive end.
The Owls are on the road for their next three games, with a matchup against NAIA newcomers Lindenwood University-Belleville on tap for Nov. 6. Tipoff for the game is set for 7 p.m.