OSKALOOSA, Iowa – The No. 10-ranked and third seed William Penn University Statesman brought the Raven Men's Basketball season to a close on Wednesday night with a 13-point win.
Benedictine (15-14) stormed back from 16 points to trail by four points at the half, but William Penn (25-4) used a 52.6 percent shooting effort and 26 second-half free throws to earn a 83-70 win over the Ravens in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament Quarterfinals.
The Statesman held the Ravens scoreless for the first 5:30 of the game, which allowed William Penn to jump ahead by 16 points before Justas Norvilas scored Benedictine's first basket of the game.
Benedictine used a 11-0 run to erase their second 16-point deficit of the first half to pull within five, 24-19, on a 3-pointer from Shawn Fleming Jr. with just under six minutes left in the half and then closed within one on a jumper from CJ Vallejo with three minutes.
William Penn held off Benedictine over the remaining minutes of the half to pull back ahead by four points at the break.
After the slow start to the game, the Ravens were able to keep the offense going in the second half.
The Ravens were able to keep the Statesman lead in single digits through the midpoint of the second half before William Penn used a 12-2 run to extend their lead to 15 points with just under nine minutes remaining.
Fleming Jr. pulled the Ravens back within two possessions, 65-59, with another 3-pointer with under six minutes remaining.
William Penn was able to answer making 14 of their 26 second-half free throws after Fleming pulled the Ravens within six as they didn't convert a field in the final 2:11 of the game.
Benedictine finished the second half at 44.4 percent from the floor while converting on seven 3-pointers and 10 of 12 at the charity stripe.
Fleming Jr. led the Ravens with 21 points while Jake Schannuth added 13 points. Adam Kutney chipped in with 10 points as he matched William Penn's bench by himself. Benedictine finished the game with a 28-10 advantage off the bench.