March 9, 2013

Devlin's last-second bucket sends No. 1 Statesmen to semifinal

William Penn University

POINT LOOKOUT. Mo. — Things didn't look good for No. 1 William Penn late in its quarterfinal matchup with 25th-ranked Midland saturday at the NAIA Division II Championships. The Statesmen trailed 66-65 with 1:55 left following a basket by Midland's James Parrott. Midland had the ball in the closing seconds, but turned the ball over with 7 seconds remaining in regulation. Brandon Beasley missed a shot, but teammate James Devlin grabbed the last of the Statesmen's 17 offensive rebounds. Devlin then put the ball in the basket for the winning points in a wild 67-66 win. William Penn (33-1) meets the winner of the Dakota State-Grace game Monday at 6 p.m. in the semfinals. Devlin finished with six points and seven rebounds while Beasley tallied 12 points and grabbed 23 rebounds. Keith steffeck had 19 pointss while Taylor Stoutner had 18 points. Mlore details on the game can be found in Monday's Herald.