POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. —
William Penn did finally find the netting a few times to get back up by 13, but St. Thomas, assisted by both mediocre free-throw shooting and poor ball protection by William Penn, got the margin down to six at 64-58 with 10:54 still on the clock.
A hot stretch of six consecutive charity tosses reignited William Penn, and just like that the advantage ballooned to 16 at 77-61 with 8:10 remaining. St. Thomas had one final gasp for air, getting its deficit to nine (84-75, 5:10 left), but ten unanswered by William Penn made sure the Bobcats never threatened in the waning minutes.
“This amazing ride continues!” Assistant Coach Blake Sandquist said. “The resiliency of this team is unreal.”
For the second straight matchup, the Statesmen gave up loads of inches to their foes, which led to St. Thomas tallying 20 offensive rebounds (both teams had 45 boards).
The William Penn coaching was well aware it would not be able to go into the blocks possession after possession, but still managed to draw a plethora of fouls on the physical Bobcats. St. Thomas was called for 36 fouls, leading to William Penn stepping to the line 50 times. William Penn had its issues at the stripe, but still put 30 on the board with the clock stopped. Schwab was again the leader of the complimentary efforts, going 13-for-14. The junior, who became just the second player in program history to score 40 points three times in his career (all since the start of February), was 11-for-20 from the field (7-for-12 3-PT).
Schwab’s point total tied for the fifth-highest mark in championships history.
Kelly Madison, who poured in 38 in the first round, added 24 more on Friday (5-for-8 FG, 4-for-6 3-PT), but found the 15-footers daunting with a 10-for-17 FT showing. The junior added three steals as well.
William Penn dominated the shooting category 56.6 percent to 36.6 percent to overcome its rough free-throw shooting and the 23 turnovers it committed.