Wade Steinlage, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications
WYOMING, Mich.—William Penn concluded its Michigan road trip with a win over Grace Christian on Sunday.
The No. 4-ranked Statesmen (3-0) outshot the Tigers (3-2) by a slim margin, .494-.464 but it was enough to help lead to a 99-89 win.
WPU led for a majority of the first half and opened up a 10-point lead with 5:36 remaining in the half on a Dexter Hood (Sr., Tuscaloosa, Ala.) free-throw that capped off a three-point play. William Penn led by as many as 13 in the half and eventually went into the locker room at half time with a 58-47 lead.
The Statesmen opened up the second half with a 6-0 to increase the lead to 17 but the Tigers responded with a run of its own to keep it close, cutting the lead all the way down to four at one point. Fortunately, the navy and gold proved to be too much to handle for the Tigers as they were able to extend the lead late and close out the ballgame.
Hood was the main source of offense for William Penn as he finished with 37 points on 17-25 shooting. Karmari Newman (Jr., Detroit, Mich.) added 19 points while Q Cager (Jr., Hopkinsville, Ky.) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.
Eddie Daley (Jr., Dewitt, Mich., Sports Management) narrowly missed a double-double as he scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds. Newman led the team with eight boards.
Cager played the role of facilitator as he finished with a team-high seven assists in the win. Chanze Cruesoe (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) did not register a point but played a major role as he assisted on six buckets in just 15 minutes of play.
“We are very happy to get both wins on this trip.” Coach John Henry said.
Next Up: William Penn will travel to Fulton, Mo. to take on William Woods next Saturday at 4 pm.