Stoutner and top-ranked William Penn to play in national title game
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Taylor Stoutner of Keota is a member of the William Penn University men’s basketball team that will be playing in the NAIA Division II National Championship game tonight at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.
The Statesmen, ranked No. 1 in the nation and the tournament’s top seed, used a second-half burst to defeat No. 20 seed Grace College 79-58 in the national semifinals. William Penn was tied with the Lancers at halftime, but the Statesmen out-scored Grace 43-22 after the intermission.
Stoutner, a 6-foot-3 guard, started and had eight points and 11 rebounds in the national semifinal victory.
With the win over Grace College, William Penn (34-1) advanced to its first-ever national title game. The Statesmen will meet No. 2 seed Cardinal Stritch in the championship game tonight at 8:05 p.m. It will be the first championship game for the Wolves (34-3) as well after they defeated No. 11 seed Indiana-Southeast 69-56 in the other national semifinal.
The NAIA Division II National Championship game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
Stoutner, a 2008 graduate of Keota High School, is William Penn’s third-leading scorer this season with 11.4 points per game. He is also the team’s leader in 3-point goals, making 119 of his 295 attempts this season. He is the son of Kenny and Amy Stoutner.