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Statesmen Knock Off Rust in Defeat of Benedictine

Oskaloosa–All five starters eclipsed double figures as the William Penn men’s basketball team started the second half of its season on a high note with a 109-91 Heart of America Athletic Conference victory over Benedictine Wednesday.

#3 WPU (13-1, 3-1 Heart) was outshot 49.3%-48.7%, but those numbers are deceiving as Wednesday’s matchup–the first for the team since December 9–was never really in question.

Tied with BC (9-6, 3-1 Heart) at 11-11 just three minutes into the evening, the navy and gold pulled away with 11 unanswered points. The streak was part of a 16-2 run and the victors stayed up by double digits the rest of the night.
William Penn owned a 54-36 halftime edge and extended the margin to a game-high 30 points at 86-56 with 11:27 still on the clock. The Ravens made the final score more reasonable, but could not slow down the Statesmen who scored a plethora of baskets in transition.

The home squad sunk 12 three-pointers and also hit 75.0% of its free throws, but equally impressive was the fact that the team committed only nine turnovers. Benedictine was forced into 14 mistakes, which led to a 15-8 mark in points off turnovers.

WPU also controlled the glass with a 49-39 rebounding edge, which landed the winners a 23-12 edge in second-chance points.

Aakim Saintil (Sr., West Orange, N.J., Business Management), who had played sparingly in only a pair of games before the holiday break, enjoyed a big first start at home with 16 points. The senior connected on a game-best four three-pointers; he also assisted on six buckets.

“I am very happy to have Aakim back on the court,” Head Coach John Henry said. “He helps a lot with speed and shooting.”

Dominique Shaw (Sr., Lufkin, Texas, Wellness and Recreation) topped all participants with a double-double of 23 points (10-for-14 FG) and 10 rebounds. Terrell Thompson (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind., Wellness and Recreation) joined him above 20 points with 21 of his own, while dishing out seven assists as well.

Jovontae Carleton (Jr., El Cerrito, Calif., Sociology) was good for 19 points, while Mikeal Donaldson (Sr., Columbia, S.C.) also managed 14 points. Corbin Medley (Sr., Rogersville, Mo., General Accounting) just missed double figures with nine points.

“Saturday’s game at Graceland is going to be huge,” Henry said. “It will be a great challenge for us.”

Next Up: William Penn travels to Lamoni Saturday to face Graceland in Heart action at 4 p.m.

William Penn and KMZN/KMYQ to Partner for Basketball Broadcasts

Oskaloosa–William Penn Athletics Director Nik Rule is proud to announce that the University has entered into an agreement with KMZN/KMYQ to broadcast radio coverage of all the men’s and women’s basketball Heart of America Athletic Conference games this winter.

Beginning with tonight’s home doubleheader against Mount Mercy (5:30 & 7:30 tipoffs), KMZN 99.5 FM and 740 AM will serve as the flagship stations for all Statesmen basketball radio broadcasts, both at home in Penn Gymnasium and on the road.  KMZN/KMYQ Sports Director Emery Songer will be the ‘Voice of the Statesmen’, while Kiley Broadway will provide color commentary for most contests.

Listeners in Sigourney, Keota, Kalona, North and South English, Williamsburg, Wellman and Washington can also hear the games simulcasted on the company’s newest station, KMYQ 97.1 FM.  The games will be broadcast over the internet at www.radiokmzn.com as well.

The entities have been partners for numerous years for William Penn football broadcasts.

“We are excited to partner with the team at KMZN/KMYQ to be the voice of William Penn Athletics and cover our conference basketball games this winter,” Rule said.  “Many of our teams are among the best in the nation in small college athletics and we look forward to having the leader in radio in our community broadcast our games.”

“Here at KMZN/KMYQ, we are all excited about the opportunity to serve as the flagship stations for the William Penn University Statesmen,” KMZN/KMYQ General Manager Rick Watts said.  “I am certain that our listeners, both over our airwaves as well as online at radiokmzn.com, will welcome the opportunity to tune in to this exciting coverage.”

The additional KMZN/KMYQ radio broadcasts will be a supplement to the video broadcasts which WPU already offers to fans at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/wpu/

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