West Marshall grads chip in at NAIA D-II nationals

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – Top-ranked William Penn won on a buzzer-beater to advance to its first ever national semifinal with a 67-66 victory over Midland (Neb.) Saturday at the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship.

James Devlin made a fadeaway jumper to lift the top-seeded Statesmen (33-1) to a Final Four matchup with No. 20 Grace (Ind.) University – a 72-59 winner over unranked Dakota State (S.D.).

Keith Steffeck and Taylor Stoutner led William Penn with 19 and 18 points, respectively.

West Marshall High School graduate Ross Howe, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, played 2 minutes, 21 seconds off the bench but did not register a shot attempt for the Statesmen.

William Penn and Grace (24-9) will meet in Monday’s 6 p.m. semifinal at Keeter Gymnasium. No. 11-ranked Indiana Southeast (27-4) and No. 2 Cardinal Stritch (Wisc.) will meet in the 8 p.m. semifinal.

Chargers knocked out

SIOUX CITY – Paige Smith had game-highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds and No. 4-ranked Indiana Wesleyan scored a 69-57 win over Briar Cliff to advance to the Final Four of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship on Saturday at the Tyson Events Center.

The Wildcats (33-3) led 26-15 at the half and maintained the margin by outscoring Briar Cliff 43-42 the rest of the way.

The Chargers (25-10) were paced by Sloane Masters’ 18 points. West Marshall High School graduate McKenzie Shipley played 12:47 off the bench for BCU, going 0-for-6 from the field. She had one rebound, one assist and her first turnover in three national tournament games.