Statesmen Rally Past Pioneers

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

by Wade Steinlage

Olathe, Kan.–The William Penn men’s basketball team overcame a tough first half to defeat MidAmerica Nazarene 78-71 in Heart of America Athletic Conference action Saturday.

#1 WPU (23-2, 13-2 Heart), which remains a game ahead of Central Methodist for the conference lead, shot 55.2% in the second half to rally past the Pioneers (14-11, 7-8 Heart).

The visitors struggled through the opening stanza, including falling behind by as many as 10 points at 33-23 with 2:36 left. The squad, which made only 35.3% of its first-half tries, got a few of those points back in the waning seconds to trail 38-32 at intermission.

William Penn continued to sit in MNU’s rearview, including being down 52-47 with 12:56 to go, but an 18-5 run gave the Statesmen the edge at 65-57 inside of seven minutes remaining. The home team’s advantage was trimmed to three with 3:59 still on the clock, but six unanswered put the game out of reach.

When the final buzzer sounded, WPU held a 44.4%-42.3% shooting edge. The Statesmen were outrebounded 42-40 (19-9 deficit in second-chance points) and shot just 56.0% at the free-throw line, but knocked down eight three-pointers and committed one fewer turnover than MNU (11-12).

Despite its low percentage at the charity stripe, WPU still outscored the Pioneers 14-7 as it owned a 25-9 edge in total attempts.

The navy and gold were also better at taking advantage of their opponents’ mistakes with a 16-7 margin in points off turnovers.

Only two players reached double figures for the victors, but both met the 20-point mark. Aakim Saintil (Sr., West Orange, N.J., Business Management) guided all players with 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting. The senior, who made a trio of three-pointers, also dished out eight assists (just one turnover) and stole two passes.

Fellow point guard Terrell Thompson (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind., Wellness and Recreation) was strong offensively as well with 20 points; he matched Saintil with three trifectas.

Dominique Shaw (Sr., Lufkin, Texas, Wellness and Recreation) was next in scoring with nine points, while JC Washington (Sr., Houston, Texas, Sociology) and Corbin Medley (Sr., Rogersville, Mo., General Accounting) both tallied eight points. Brandon Trotter (Sr., Louisville, Ky., Kinesiology) added seven points as well.

Washington and D’Angelo Allen (Jr., Dallas, Texas, Wellness and Recreation) each blocked four shots in Saturday’s victory.

“Coach Sandquist and Coach Beardsley both did great jobs preparing our guys for the Pioneers offensive sets and,” Head Coach John Henry said. “Our scout team of Lowden Rockweiler, Isaac Sanders, Antonio Foster, Eddie Daley, and Coach Sandquist were awesome as the scout team last night in our Kansas City practice. They all deserve a lot of credit.”

Next Up: William Penn travels to Canton, Mo. next Wednesday to face Culver-Stockton in Heart action at 7:30 p.m.



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