Story by Rick Schmuecker, Doane Sports Information
CRETE, Neb. -- The Doane (Neb.) men’s basketball team carried over the high scoring efforts on Tuesday, two days after posting 127 points in the season opener. The Tigers took on No. 7 William Penn (Iowa) and came away with an upset victory, 115-98. Doane hit the century mark in back-to-back games for the first time since 2000-01.
The charge for the Tigers was led behind the three-point arc where Doane knocked down 16 shots, tying the school record set in 1998 at the Air Force Academy. William Penn jumped out to an 11-6 lead as they converted on their first five shot attempts. A 7-0 run by Doane, capped by a three-point basket by Nick Reed, put Doane in front 13-11.
The Statesmen tied the game and retook the lead on baskets by Kelly Madison. Deonte Holt knocked down a pair of free throws for the Tigers to tie the game and added a three-point basket to put Doane in front for good. Sam Schlautman hit his first three-point basket and Holt added two more free throws to end Doane’s 10-0 run.
The largest lead of the half for the Tigers was 17 points. Leading 53-42 with three minutes left in the half, Schlautman and Domonique Smith knocked down three-point baskets on back-to-back possessions. Doane lead 61-49 at halftime and hit 11 three-point shots.
William Penn was able to knock the Tigers lead down into single digits twice in the second half but Doane was able to answer on the ensuing possession each time. Doane added five more three-point baskets in the second half as they went 16-of-27 for the game. Doane also went 23-of-29 from the charity stripe and shot 67-percent from the floor in the game.
Doane was led in scoring by Smith as he posted 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Holt finished with a career-high 24 points, knocking down 16-of-17 free throws. Reed added 21 points with a team-high seven rebounds and nine assists. Schlautman came off the bench and finished with 15 points, going 5-of-6 from behind the arc.
The Statesmen received 26 points from Madison as all five starters were in double figures. Blake Walker and Alec Schwab posted 16 points apiece. Erik McGee led the team with nine rebounds and Madison had a team-high two steals.
The Tigers will host their annual classic on November 8-9. Doane opens with AIB College of Business at 8 PM with Hastings and Benedictine tipping off at 6 PM.