February 3, 2013

William Penn throttles Clarke in wire-to-wire win

William Penn University

DUBUQUE — The second-ranked Statesmen cagers were never really threatened on the road Saturday as they pounded Clarke 102-72 in Midwest Collegiate Conference action.

William Penn (24-1, 8-0 MCC), winners of ten in a row, remained perfect in league play by dominating all aspects of the contest in their ninth game over the century mark this season.

The Statesmen outshot the Crusaders (10-13, 4-5 MCC) 47.9%-40.0%, held a 51-35 rebounding edge, and committed just 14 turnovers (16 for Clarke). The Statesmen owned sizeable advantages in points off turnovers (25-13) and second-chance points (17-6).

The Statesmen pulled out to a 24-10 advantage just 7:45 into the afternoon, eventually leading 50-31 at intermission. Clarke narrowed the margin to 12 at 50-38, but 11 unanswered by William Penn put the game out of reach and finished off William Penn’s second season sweep over an MCC foe (also swept St. Ambrose last week).

Keith Steffeck headlined a list of five Statesmen in double figures as he tallied a career-high 30 points. The senior was 11-of-18 from the field.

Brandon Beasley was next with 18 points. Both players pulled down a game-best 13 rebounds, while Steffeck had two steals and Beasley had two blocks.

Taylor Stoutner, with 15 points, James Devlin, with 13 points, and Kevin Fay , with 11 points, also hit the double-digit mark. Devlin and Blake Walker both dished out six assists.

William Penn connected on 15 three-pointers (three for Clarke) and also topped the Crusaders in made free throws (17-13).

“We played pretty well today,” Penn coach John Henry said. “This was a really good team win with a lot of people contributing. James and Keith were awesome and Erik McGee continues to improve and is really coming on.”

William Penn returns to Oskaloosa Wednesday to host AIB in MCC action at 7:30 p.m.