March 08, 2012
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POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. - (Box Score) The No. 3 seed Davenport Panthers (Mich.) withstood a 36-point barrage from the William Penn Statesmen’s (Iowa) Alan Douglas for an 85-81 win on day two of the NAIA Men’s Division II National Basketball Tournament held at Point Lookout, Missouri.
The Panthers overcame an early deficit to build a 28-18 lead with five minutes left to go in the first half only to have the Statesmen respond with a nine point run, eventually tying the game at 30-30. William Penn took the lead on a Keith Steffeck 3-point shot for a 33-30 advantage before the Panthers got a James Nelson basket in the closing moments to send it to intermission with William Penn leading 33-32.
With the game tied, 45-45, five minutes into the second half, the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference champion utilized a 10-0 to put themselves in the driver’s seat. William Penn made a charge to get to within three with 6:05 left in the game at 65-62, but the Panthers were able to keep the Statesmen at bay for the four-point win.
Davenport was led by James Nelson and Lonnie Fairfax with 24 and 23 points, respectively. Fairfax also had a team high seven rebounds and added eight assists with five steals. Davenport made 31-of-72 shots and 17-of-24 free throws, while committing just nine turnovers in their 30th win of the season.
William Penn, the regular season runner-up in the Midwest Collegiate Conference, was paced by a 2012 tournament high 36 points by Alan Douglas. Douglas was 12-for-20 from the floor, 12-of-16 from the free throw line and had seven rebounds. Keith Steffeck had 18 points with seven rebounds. William Penn was 28-of-60 from the floor and had a 42-30 rebounding advantage, but was forced into 22 turnovers.
Davenport advances to the second round of the tournament to face the winner of the Indiana University Southeast- Saint Mary (Kan.) game. Davenport is now 30-4, while William Penn closes the season with a 17-15 mark.