Seven Straight for William Penn

Terrell Thompson (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind., Wellness and Recreation) did it all in Saturday’s win, posting his first triple-double in a Statesmen uniform.  The senior, who is the second WPU player to accomplish the feat this year, tallied 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Terrell Thompson (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind., Wellness and Recreation) did it all in Saturday’s win, posting his first triple-double in a Statesmen uniform. The senior, who is the second WPU player to accomplish the feat this year, tallied 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.

by Wade Steinlage

Oskaloosa–The Statesmen men’s basketball team founds its groove after halftime and held off the upset bid of Baker, claiming Saturday’s Heart of America Athletic Conference matchup 92-81.

#1 WPU (18-1, 8-1 Heart), which won its seventh-straight game, broke a 41-41 halftime tie by shooting 57.7% in the second half (63.6% 3-PT) to pull away from the Wildcats (9-8, 3-6 Heart).

The first 20 minutes were a back-and-forth battle with seven ties and 12 lead changes. BU led 26-21 at the midway point of the first stanza, but the navy and gold bounced back with 12 unanswered points. Neither side could get any separation before break as they were knotted up entering intermission.

The Statesmen edge grew to eight in the early moments of the latter half before the Wildcats drew even one last time at 60-60 with 13:44 to go. D’Angelo Allen (Jr., Dallas, Texas, Wellness and Recreation), in his William Penn debut, then hit a trifecta on his team’s next possession and the hosts never trailed again.

WPU went up by multiple scores, and while Baker remained within striking distance, the home squad never let its foe get closer than four points.

At game’s end, William Penn outshot Baker 50.8%-40.0% and won the rebounding battle 43-33.

The team overcame committing three more turnovers (14-11) as well as a rough outing at the free-throw line (61.8%).

Terrell Thompson (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind., Wellness and Recreation) did it all in Saturday’s win, posting his first triple-double in a Statesmen uniform. The senior, who is the second WPU player to accomplish the feat this year, tallied 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Aakim Saintil (Sr., West Orange, N.J., Business Management) guided the victors with 22 points (8-for-10 FG) in addition to a pair of steals. Dominique Shaw (Sr., Lufkin, Texas, Wellness and Recreation) also eclipsed the 20-point barrier with 21 points, headlined by six three-pointers.

JC Washington (Sr., Houston, Texas, Sociology), the other Statesmen with a triple-double this campaign, managed a strong double-double with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Washington also blocked six shots.

Allen finished with nine points as did Mikeal Donaldson (Sr., Columbia, S.C.).

“I am really happy about this win because Baker always gives us fits,” Head Coach John Henry said.

Next Up: William Penn remains in Oskaloosa next Wednesday to host Missouri Valley in Heart action at 7:30 p.m.

 

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