Newman’s 32 Leads Statesmen to Road Win

Dubuque–Karmari Newman (Jr., Detroit, Mich., Digital Communication) connected on seven three-pointers and the William Penn men’s basketball team pulled away after halftime for a 99-84 win over Clarke in Heart of America Athletic Conference action Monday.

Although it was four days after Thanksgiving, players from #6 WPU (10-1, 4-1 Heart) may have had a little too much tryptophan in their turkey because the visitors came out flat as the Pride (4-5, 2-3 Heart) scored the night’s first 10 points. The coaching staff refused to call a timeout, instead allowing the Statesmen to work out of their hole, and they did with a 13-2 run to go on top.

The sides exchanged numerous leads throughout the rest of the first half, but William Penn closed strong with 10 of the last 13 points, including three trifectas from Newman. The visiting crew, which shot just 37.1%, still led 40-35 at the break. CU was limited to 30.6% shooting at halftime, but both teams warmed up after their locker-room trips.

The advantage was just six at 60-54 with 12 minutes remaining, but the Statesmen refused to let Clarke get any closer. A three-pointer by Brandon Faison (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.) extended the margin to double digits at 72-61 with 8:15 left and the edge stayed in double digits the remainder of the evening.

Paced by 10-for-15 perimeter shooting after intermission, WPU hit 57.1% of its total field goals in the latter period. The final buzzer sounded with the Statesmen outshooting the Pride 46.0%-42.3% (44.4%-33.3% 3-PT).

Newman finished the victory with a 9-for-15 outing, including going 7-for-10 from behind the arc. He also made seven of his eight free throws. Behind his effort, WPU tied a season high with 16 three-pointers (CU had eight). The squad also bettered its host at the charity stripe, ending 25-for-35, while the Pride were 16-for-23.

Faison, who contributed four three-pointers, was next on the scoring list with 20 points off the bench, while Dexter Hood (Sr., Tuscaloosa, Ala.) also reached double figures with 16 points (9-for-10 FT). Hood and Nathan Gehring (Jr., Waukee, Iowa) both pulled down seven rebounds as the Statesmen held a 43-36 rebounding advantage. Despite tallying 10 offensive boards, William Penn recorded only two second-chance points; CU also had nine offensive rebounds with zero second-chance points.

Gehring and Eddie Daley (Jr., Dewitt, Mich., Sports Management) each contributed eight points Monday, while Malyk Thomas (Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas, Sports Management) added five.

Chanze Cruesoe (Fr., St. Louis, Mo., Business Management) headed the defense with three of WPU’s nine steals. The visitors actually committed three more turnovers (17-14) than Clarke, but owned a 9-3 edge in points off mistakes.

“This was a complete team win,” Head Coach John Henry said. “Any time you travel three hours away on a Monday and get a win, it is a great feeling.”

Next Up: William Penn returns to Oskaloosa Thursday to host Graceland in Heart action at 7:30 p.m.

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