Five Statesmen hit double digits in win over Park | Sports

By on February 10, 2022 0

PARKVILLE, Mo. — William Penn’s men’s basketball team picked up a road victory over the Park Pirates on Wednesday, beating their hosts by a score of 107-81. The Statesmen are now 24-1 this season and hold a 15-1 record in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

WPU struggled in the opening minutes as they only converted two field goals in the first three minutes of play, like Kevion Blaylock (Sr., Houston, Texas, Information Technology) and Q Cager (Sr., Hopkinsville, Ky., Wellness and Recreation) had one each. Although the visitors struggled to find points, the hosts struggled but managed to convert a few second-chance opportunities to give them a 17-14 lead within seven minutes.

After Josh Watkins (Sr., Chicago, Ill., Sports Management) tied the game with a touch from downtown, Karmari Newman (Sr., Detroit, Mich., Digital Communication) followed suit with a three to give the Statesmen their first advance. The game remained close as the two teams continued to trade blows, but Newman hit back-to-back triples to end the half, giving Navy and Gold a 48-42 lead at the start. entrance to halftime.

Newman had caught fire to close out the first half. After missing his first four attempts from downtown, he sank five of his next seven on his way to 21 points in the first half. Cager also had a big first half, going 4-5 from the field and also hitting double digits with 10.

The Pirates cut their deficit in half to start the second half, but Cager stayed hot with another bucket and then found Frederick Jackson (Sr., Killeen, TX, EDI) for a dunk. Cager was a force to start the half, adding two more points and two assists. He somehow contributed to William Penn’s first six halftime scores, and the navy and gold began to slowly part ways with Park.

Midway through the half, WPU held a 21-point lead and continued to build up on the stretch as Park never threatened to come back again.

Newman led all scorers with 28 points, going 6-14 from downtown and 9-18 overall. Blaylock had a double-double with 17 points and 12 boards, while Chanze Cruesoe (So., St. Louis, Mo., Sports Management) also had 10 points.

Cager had a stellar game overall, posting 16 points while adding five rebounds and eight assists. Watkins scored 16 points off the bench, going 7-9 from the field.

The Statesmen shot 56.3% for the game while holding the Pirates to a 41.3% clip and won the battle of the boards 46-31.

“Q Cager’s energy from the start was contagious,” said head coach John Henry. “Our depth also wore them down. Few teams can manage 11 good players in a game.”

What’s next: The Statesmen return home Saturday for a game against the Graceland Yellowjackets, with first serve scheduled for 4 p.m. In their first meeting, William Penn came away with a 94-88 victory.