Cold shooting plagued the William Penn men’s basketball team in the NAIA division two championship game. The Statesmen scored only 23 points and shot only 22 percent in the second half as Cardinal Stritch of Wisconsin pulled away for a 73-59 victory in Point Lookout, Missouri.
Penn shot only 18 percent from three point range as they lost for only the second time this season.
“Every year is different, but this is a special group. I’ve had some very special teams that are close to my heart, all of them are close to my heart…but this one is definitely at the top of my list,” Coach John Henry said on the post game show on KBOE in Oskaloosa.
The Statesmen finish the season with a record of 34-2. “I’m not depressed that we lost, I’m just sad that it’s over. We’ll be back…we’re here to stay, we are a regular participant in this thing and we are going to compete for a national championship again, I promise,” Henry said.
Brandon Beasley closed out his career for Penn with a game high 23 points and says it was a great season.