OSKALOOSA, Iowa -- Junior Taylor Stoutner scored 28 points Friday as William Penn spoiled the season opener for the Missouri Valley College men's basketball team with an 82-73 non-conference home win.
The Vikings came into the contest with three new starters and only two returning bench players from last year's squad. Even at that, they went into halftime with a five-point lead following a jumper from sophomore Jim Thomas and junior David Yadrich's three-pointer.
Yadrich connected from outside to begin the second half, but the Statesmen -- out-shot 57.1 to 34.1 percent from the field during the first half -- wouldn't let Valley pull away.
Junior Davis Spielbauer scored a second-chance bucket and struck from long range during a 15-7 stretch which saw Penn catch up on a pair of free throws by senior Alan Douglas with 12:59 left in the game.
The game was still knotted up two minutes later, when the Statesmen went on a 12-2 run begun by Stoutner's trey. Lay-ups by sophomore Lawrence Brown and freshman Landers Riddle brought the Vikings to within six points, and junior Michael Connor's goal with 3:16 remaining closed the gap to 72-68.
Valley came up with a stop, but missed two jumpers and a pair of free throws. A Walker stick-back, scoreless possession for the Vikings and two charity shots from Spielbauer pushed the margin back up to 10 points with 1:17 to go.
Walker came close to a triple double for William Penn (1-1) with 14 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. The Statemen enjoyed an 11-1 scoring advantage from the free-throw line during the second half.
Connor led Valley with 16 points and junior David Smith added 13 points off the bench. The Vikings (0-1) will take on Hannibal-LaGrange during their home debut Wednesday.