Central Baptist College didn't disappoint on homecoming day, as both the men's and women's teams picked up victories over Philander Smith in A.R. Reddin Fieldhouse.
Saturday's festivities were jumpstarted by the Lady Mustangs' 85-75 victory. The CBC men ended things by moving to 8-0 at home, after following up with a 89-75 victory.
For the Mustangs (18-9), Ryan Barnes scored a game-high 40 points. Just a week ago he scored a season-high 47 points over Hillsdale in the same gym. The junior guard out of Fort Smith landed 7 of 9 from three-point range.
"We still know that it starts on defense," Barnes said. "That last game just gave everybody confidence, but we were all shooting good. Coach just told us to keep up our intensity, and that's what we did. We just made sure we played good defense. Our blocks and rebounding got it started for us too."
CBC had a 37-33 lead at halftime, and the lead slipped to three at 46-43, with 15:44 left.
After a pair of 3-pointers by Barnes, a bucket from CBC 3-point career-record holder Trad Williams and a lay-up by Bryan Wiley, the Mustangs slim lead turned into a route.
"My shot felt good today," Williams said, who buried nine 3-pointers in a 27-point performance. "We want to come out and set the tone. Things went well today."
Going into the game, CBC was ranked fourth in the region in scoring offense and fifth in scoring defense. The Mustangs were also second in the region and the nation in three-point percentage.
"The first half, I didn't think that we got our big men the ball enough, but we did a better job of that in the second half," CBC coach Josh Austin said. "Our defense really fuels our offense, and I thought we did a nice job on that end."
CBC's Brittany Nealy and Karli Kenley lit up Philander Smith.
For CBC (8-16), Nealy scored a game-high 23 points and Kenley turned in 21 points. Casey Williams, who has made 22 3-pointers in the last four games, scored 13 points. The Lady Mustangs are 3-1 in their last four.
"The main thing for us is that we're shooting the ball better," CBC coach Lyle Middleton said. "We're also helping on defense, and we're making the stops when we need to."