Southwestern got into the win column Wednesday evening in a solid home-opening win, 74-59 over William Penn. The Spartans were out of the gates quickly on basket attacks from Matt Orchard and strong defensive rebounding from Jared Theis. The Statesmen crawled back into the game late in the first half on two big three-point goals, which trimmed the Southwestern advantage to 36-34 going into the locker room at half.
Southwestern cleaned up its defensive closeouts and jumped to an early nine point advantage in the second half 43-34. William Penn kept fighting, but a key series, including a defensive steal from Nick Lenhard and three-point goals from Orchard and Elliott Hamdeed put the lead comfortably in double digits. The Spartans also got key rebounds and putbacks from Tanner Kellogg to secure the final advantage.
Southwestern next travels to Northwestern for a Saturday contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.