Miller tallied 14 points in the win to become the 17th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark. He now has 1,001 points in just over 2 1/2 years as a Statesmen. Miller scored 271 points as a freshman, had 393 points as a sophomore, and so far has scored 337 points in his junior campaign.
Not to be outdone, Robertson collected three steals to help him break the single-season steals record with 75. The sophomore surpassed the previous program mark of 74, held by David Jones in 1998-1999 and Travis Cox in 2005-2006.
Great hustle made up for a poor shooting night as Penn (17-9, 9-3) shot just 36.1% overall, but limited the Saints to just 33.8% from the field.
The Statesmen led from wire to wire in the first half, eventually holding a slim 32-29 edge at the break. Ashford's Josh Pickens then knocked down a three-pointer on his team's first possession of the second half to force the only tie of the game at 32-32.
The two programs battled for the next few minutes until Penn finally broke the contest open with a 13-0 run to build the advantage to 15 points at 53-38 with 13:39 left in regulation. Ashford (9-16, 3-9) never threatened again.
Miller was not tremendous from the field (4-13), but made all four of his free throws, including his final two that gave him his 1,000th and 1,001st career points with 1:31 left. The junior tallied his third double-double of the season by also recording a game-high 12 rebounds. He matched Robertson with a team-best four assists as well.
Robertson led his squad with 15 points in addition to his four assists and three steals. The sophomore broke the single-season steals record in just 22 games this winter (3.41 steals per game) and has had a theft in every contest this year. He has recorded 20 multiple-steal performances, including a season-best six against Morningside on November 7.Joel Stout
(Jr., New Sharon, North Mahaska HS) matched Miller with 14 points, while Alex Robinson
(Sr., San Antonio, Texas, Texas-Pan-American) also reached double figures with 11 points.Kyle Creamer
(Sr., Ottumwa, Ottumwa HS) narrowly missed the mark with nine points.
Penn forced the Saints into 18 turnovers, leading to a 20-9 edge in points off turnovers.
Wednesday's game was also important for Penn as it was the season debut for Caleb Stout
(Jr., New Sharon, Kirkwood CC) who has been sidelined with a knee injury. Tony Danielson
(Sr., Denver, Colo., Adams State) also made his first home appearance since November 18. Danielson, who is battling injury as well, returned to action Monday against Grinnell.
"I am so happy for both Kris Miller
and Alvin Robertson
," Statesmen Head Coach John Henry
said. "They have both been so instrumental to our success this year."
"It is great to have Caleb Stout
and Tony Danielson
back," Henry added. "Their size will help us greatly as we enter the home stretch of the season."Next:
Penn is off this weekend and then remains at home to host St. Ambrose next Wednesday in MCC action at 7:30 p.m. The contest will be webstreamed on the William Penn Athletics website, courtesy of Stretch Internet, at http://www.statesmenathletics.com/liveAudio.php