Score: Evangel 89, #3 William Penn105
Records: Evangel (3-9, 1-2 Heart); William Penn (12-1, 2-1 Heart)
Location: Springfield, Mo. | Ashcroft Center
By: Derek Roberts (Evangel Media Relations)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo – The Evangel men's basketball team's two-game winning streak was snapped by conference-leading and 3rd-ranked William Penn, in a 105-89 loss Saturday in the Ashcroft Center.
Evangel found themselves in a hole early in the game, down by 8 points just 10 minutes in. But the Crusaders were able to answer, going on a 20-11 run in a span of five minutes, eventually taking a 33-32 lead with 4:20 remaining before intermission. But it was the Statesmen who took an eventual 47-41 lead into halftime.
It was a game of runs in the second half as William Penn had an answer every time the Crusaders attempted a comeback.
The Crusaders found themselves down 11 points with 10 minutes left in the game before Luke Call hit back-to-back three's. The baskets pulled Evangel back to within reasonable distance to start a comeback.
However, immediately after Call's three's, the Statesmen went on an 8-0 run which ultimately put the Crusaders away.
Evangel's Braden Adams finished with 19 points. It is the second consecutive game Adam's has led the team in scoring.
Dylan Bekemeier's also provided the Crusaders with a solid effort, finishing with 13 points and 12 assists.
William Penn was led by Terrell Thompson, who scored 27 points. Brandon Trotter had 20 points to add, along with another three Statesmen who scored double digits.
Evangel will host the Assemblies of God Classic, presented by DoubleTree Hotel, Dec. 29-30. The Crusader's first matchup will be against Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Dec. 29 as Vanguard and Cornerstone (Mich.) meet in the 3 p.m. game.
Evangel will play Vanguard on Dec. 30, as SAGU and Vanguard will matchup in the early. The Crusaders will play each day at 5 p.m. or immediately following the 3 p.m. game. Complete Tournament information can be found here.
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