The third-seeded Statesmen (22-9), who are now on a season-high six-game winning streak, advance to Friday's tournament semifinals against #2 seed Iowa Wesleyan in Mount Pleasant at 7 p.m. The contest will be webstreamed on the William Penn Athletics website, courtesy of Stretch Internet, at http://www.statesmenathletics.com/liveAudio.php
It is the fifth time that the team has reached the century mark this campaign, while the 109 points are the most for the program against a league opponent since scoring 119 points against Dubuque during the 1970-1971 season.
The two programs battled closely in the opening minutes, but the Statesmen took the lead for good at 24-21 on a three-pointer by Joel Stout
(Jr., New Sharon, North Mahaska HS) at the 12:46 mark. Penn led 49-38 at the break.
The hosts never allowed the sixth-seeded Fighting Bees (12-19) within single digits in the second half and pulled far away in the final minutes, eventually leading by a game-high 30 points at the end of the game. Joseph Greenhouse
(Jr., Marksville, La., Marksville HS) scored six of the final eight points for Penn, including two breakaway dunks off of steals.
Both teams shot well throughout with Penn holding a 51.8%-48.5% edge. The Statesmen won most of the other statistical categories as well, including rebounds (43-40), turnovers (9-22), and steals (17-5). The turnover margin gave Penn an incredible 27-3 advantage in points off turnovers.Alvin Robertson
(So., San Antonio, Texas, Fort Smith CC) had a tremendous stat line Wednesday with team highs in points (20), rebounds (6), assists (9), and steals (7). His assist and steal totals were both personal season highs, while his assist tally was the most by any Penn player this year.Joel Stout
was next for Penn with 16 points off the bench as the Statesmen bench outscored the St. Ambrose bench 54-17.Alex Robinson
(Sr., San Antonio, Texas, Texas-Pan-American), with 15 points, Jesse DeGeest
(Jr., Tracy, Twin Cedars HS), with 13 points off the bench, and Kris Miller
(Jr., Belleville, Mich., Belleville HS), with ten points, also reached double figures for Penn. DeGeest matched Robertson with six rebounds.Caleb Stout
(Jr., New Sharon, Kirkwood CC) and Joe Womack
(Sr., Tacoma, Wash., Lower Columbia CC) both recorded eight points, while Greenhouse finished with six points.Justin Long
(Sr., Houston, Texas, Westfield HS) had just four points, but also added a team-best two blocks in the win.