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March 8, 2012

Statesmen see season come to end at national tournament

William Penn falls to No. 3 Davenport 85-81

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — The William Penn men’s basketball season came to an end as the Statesmen fell to No. 3 Davenport (Mich.) 85-81 Thursday in the first round of the NAIA Division II national tournament.

Alan Douglas closed out an outstanding two-year career for Penn (17-15) with a game-high 36 points, giving him 1,000 for her career.

His final points as a Statesmen came with 1.5 seconds left in the contest.

“Alan went out on top even in defeat. He gave it his best effort and was the best player on the floor,” Penn coach John Henry said.

Douglas also had seven rebounds as Keith Steffeck gad 18 points and seven rebounds. Blake Walker had an off night offensively with just three points, but led the team with eight rebounds before fouling out.

Aman Rasul had 13 points and six rebounds while Taylor Stoutner had nine points and four rebounds.

“It was a great, great effort and it was a pretty emotional locker room,” Henry said. “We took them to the limit and they were scared. They thought we came down here to get blown out and that we didn’t belong. The heart of our basketball team is beating strongly. I’m so proud f them. This was our best effort of the times we were here. We showed guts, showed toughness and I thought we were the tougher team. I thought we wanted to win a little more than they did, but they were just a little bit more skilled.”

James Nelson led the Panthers with 24 points, five rebounds and six assists while Lonnie Fairfax had 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. JaVontae Ford also reached double figures with 14 points.

Penn outshot Davenport 46.7 percent to 43.1 percent from the field and held a 42-30 advantage in rebounds. The Statesmen also turned the ball over 22 times to the Panthers’ nine.

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