William Penn Rolls Over Bethel (Kan.) 103-72
North Newton, Kan.–The Statesmen men’s basketball team went wire-to-wire to get back on the winning trail with a 103-72 crushing of Bethel (Kan.) in non-conference play Wednesday.
William Penn (10-5), which has won ten of its last 11 since starting 0-4, ended its pre-holiday schedule with a 52.2%-37.9% shooting edge over the winless Threshers (0-11). It is the fifth time the program has eclipsed the century mark in scoring this year.
The visitors scored the night’s first six points, but led just 34-26 with 5:11 left in the first half. The navy and gold pulled away for good with an 18-6 run to lead 52-32 at intermission. WPU’s advantage grew to as much as 37 late in the game.
Marc Wilson (Sr., Los Angeles, Calif., Physical Education) was the man of the evening, finishing perfect in the contest. He was 11-for-11 from the field (2-for-2 3-PT) and 6-for-6 at the free-throw line for a game-high 30 points. The senior also pulled down nine rebounds and stole two passes. The Statesmen held a 49-33 edge on the glass.
Four other players also hit the double-figure mark, including 13 bench points from Logan Alexander (So., Eddyville, Iowa, Undecided). Kelly Madison (Jr., Des Moines, Iowa, Physical Education) and Roberts Baltruns (So., Riga, Latvia, Business Management) managed 12 points apiece and Blake Walker (Sr., Rose Garden, Physical Education) tallied ten in addition to five assists.
Jesse Utt (Fr., Cowgill, Mo., Industrial Technology) posted a seven-point performance, while Erik McGee (Jr., Oskaloosa, Iowa, Elementary Education) added six points with a squad-best ten rebounds. Tyler Stahle (So., Bountiful, Utah, Business Management) matched McGee with six points, and Mike Aldeman (Jr., Iowa City, Iowa, Education) joined Walker with five helpers.
“Marc was unbelievable tonight,” Head Coach Mike Brown said. “His windmill dunk and 360-degree dunk were two of the best I have ever seen.”
“We are happy to be at the holiday break and excited about the second stanza of the season,” Henry added.
Next: William Penn returns to action after the New Year by making its first trek back to Point Lookout, Mo. after last year’s magical national tournament run. The Statesmen face College of the Ozarks Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m.