OSKALOOSA—It was showtime inside the Penn Gymnasium on Wednesday, and William Penn delivered.
The Statesmen (22-3, 16-3 Heart) dominated Culver-Stockton (4-20, 3-17 Heart) in just about every facet of the game and led from the jump as they took a 108-72 victory.
William Penn took very little time to get on the board as Chanze Cruesoe (Fr., St. Louis, Mo., Business Management) found Kevion Blaylock (Jr., Houston, Texas, Information Technology) for an alley-oop slam on the first play following tip-off. It took just five minutes for the Statesmen to grow a double-digit lead as they opened it up to 14-4 at the 15:02 mark. Culver-Stockton managed to get the lead back to single digits on multiple occasions, but WPU found its groove and built its largest lead of the game as the half came to a close, leading by 20, 51-31.
William Penn maintained a healthy lead to begin the second half, and at the 15:08 mark the second unit got its chance and did not disappoint. For an eight minute stretch they pulled off several highlight dunks, passes, blocks, and extended the lead to as many as 36 to put the game out of reach. The navy and gold cruised from there as the buzzer sounded with the scoreboard reading 108-72.
Four Statesmen reached double-figures in scoring in the win, led by Dexter Hood (Sr., Tuscaloosa, Ala.) with 22 points. Blaylock finished with 19, Eddie Daley (Jr., DeWitt, Mich., Business Management) had 17 off the bench, and Nathan Gehring (Jr., Waukee, Iowa) poured in 10.
WPU outshot C-SC 65%-37% and had 74 points in the paint while the bench combined for 45 points.
Ahmad Pender (Jr., Chicago, Ill., Wellness and Recreation) provided a spark off the bench, as he had nine points and eight boards. Blaylock grabbed eight rebounds to add to his scoring total.
The boards were dominated by the home squad as they outrebounded the Wildcats 53-22.
Cruesoe and Q Cager (Jr., Hopkinsville, Ky., Wellness and Recreation) combined for 16 assists as they were the go-to facilitators, finishing with nine and seven assists respectively.
“I was pleased with our effort throughout this game,” head coach John Henry said, “Also very pleased that every player got in and contributed.”
Next Up: William Penn will take on Central Methodist next Wednesday at Penn Gymnasium.