On January 28th 2012 the Mount Mercy Mustangs and the William Penn Statesmen hit the hardwood in a Midwest Collegiate Conference contest. Hitting on all cylinders the Statesmen would lead the game on a 18-1 run, only five minuets into the game. Like all good teams do the Statesmen knew that Mount Mercy would go on a run and they did; To pull within just one point at 24-23. With the great start and a run by Mount Mercy the statesmen would have their hands full after heading into the locker room trailing by 2 at 34-32.
After halftime the game would seem to teeter totter with many lead changes. Penn would gather their energy and made a run to widen the gap and with Mount mercy chomping at the bit they too would make a run. With the game then tied, Blake Walker was fouled and went to the line eventually hitting only one leaving the game open for Mount Mercy with only 17 seconds left. Besides big performances by Taylor Stoutner, a single effort by Arman Rasul may have been the biggest play in the game to steal the ball with time fading fast. This led to an intentional foul that put him on the line, and he hit one of the free throws. Mount Mercy would be unable to close the gap.
Ending the game on a pair of free throws by Taylor Stoutner was only fitting with him setting a new career high in points scored in a game as well as a few more Penn records. Taylor demolished the previous three point attempts that was set at 250 with a new record of 268. Taylor as well set the most made three pointers in a game going 10 of 22 from the field all from three-point land. Taylor Stautner with his efforts was named Midwest Collegiate Conference basketball player of the week. Check out a few sights and sounds from the last minuet of play below. The Statesmen travel to La Crosse, Wis. tonight to face Viterbo in MCC action at 7:30 p.m.