Statesmen Nearly Double Up Eagles in League Blowout
Oskaloosa–In its final warm-up before potentially the biggest regular season home game in school history, the William Penn men’s basketball team handled AIB to the tune of a 91-48 Midwest Collegiate Conference victory Wednesday.
The second-ranked Statesmen (25-1, 9-0 MCC) only shot 40.5% from the floor, but were dominant in all other categories to claim their second-consecutive wire-to-wire win. William Penn has not trailed since the 16:52 mark of the first half against St. Ambrose two Saturdays ago, a span of 76 minutes and 51 seconds with the lead.
It is good the navy and gold are back to playing top-notch ball as #7 Mount Mercy comes to town Saturday for a rematch between the two top-ten programs (3 p.m. tip-off). The Mustangs (23-3, 8-1 MCC) will be seeking to avenge their 92-87 loss to the Statesmen on January 19.
William Penn held a 44-20 halftime advantage and eventually led by as much as 50 in the waning minutes to keep AIB (0-27, 0-10 MCC) winless this year.
The Statesmen shot just 40.5% (AIB shot 32.1%), but dominated the glass with a 59-33 margin (24-7 offensively). The Eagles were also forced into 23 turnovers (12 for WPU), leading to a 25-12 home team advantage in points off turnovers.
A balanced attack witnessed eight players with at least eight points. Keith Steffeck (Sr., Marion, Iowa, Physical Education) led the attack with 18 points, while Lamonte Jenkins (Fr., Lake Charles, La., Business Management) guided the bench with 13 points.
Brandon Beasley (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind., Physical Education) and Taylor Stoutner (Sr., Keota, Iowa, Physical Education) both hit double figures as well with 12 points apiece.
Blake Walker (Jr., Rose Garden, Ga., Physical Education), Kevin Fay (Jr., Hennepin, Ill., Education), and Davis Spielbauer (Sr., Wapello, Iowa, Physical Education) all produced eight points, while James Devlin (Sr., Tampa, Fla., Sociology) added seven points.
Beasley tied a career-high with 17 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the year, while Steffeck pulled down ten boards for his sixth double-double. Beasley also managed three steals and Devlin dished out six assists.