Matt Bos-Media Coordinator, written by Mike Byker, SID at Dordt College
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. (Box Score)- The top-seed William Penn (Iowa) Statesmen fought off a rally by Bethel (Ind.) to win a 101-84 second round game at the 2013 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship. The 2013 event is being played at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.
William Penn, winners of 32 games this season, led start to finish to earn a spot in the quarterfinal round of the tournament. Bethel kept it closer early and were down 28-25 with 9:36 left in the game. William Penn responded with a 15 point run and led 48-26 at the break.
The Pilots, who entered the game with a 25-9 record, steadily cut into the lead through the first ten minutes of the second half and were down 65-64 when Jordan Bowerman converted a bucket in the lane. Bethel wouldn't score again until the Statesmen had blown the game open to an 82-64 margin. William Penn's steady barrage of three-pointers kept Bethel at bay the rest of the game and the Statesmen won by 17 on a day when their season leading scorer, Brandon Beasley, was limited to eight points due to foul trouble.
The Midwest Collegiate Conference champion converted 15-41 three-pointers and 32-72 total field goal attempts while limiting Bethel to 31-74 shooting.
William Penn's Keith Steffeck led all players with 26 points and he took down 13 rebounds as coach John Henry's team had a 45-36 rebounding advantage. James Devlin added 23 with a game high seven assists and Taylor Stoutner 21 as William Penn went over the century mark for the 11th time this season.
Bethel had five players in double figures led by Matt Schauss with 17 and Zach Miller had 15. Ryan Benner was good for 14 as the Crossroads League member closed the season with a 24-10 record.
William Penn will now face Midland (Neb.) in the quarterfinal round of the tournament on Saturday at 1:00 pm. The 32-team, single elimination tournament concludes Tuesday, March 12, with the championship game to tip-off at 8 pm.