Clarke University closed out the home portion of its 2010-11 slate Saturday at the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center. And the Crusaders' bid to overcome a 25-point second half deficit came up just short as Coach Jerry Drymon's squad dropped an 81-78 Midwest Collegiate Confernece matchup with William Penn University.
William Penn (14-14, 6-9 MCC) raced to a 45-25 halftime lead and extended the gap to 25 points early in the final half. But Clarke launched a furious comeback and an Eli Fitzsimon's three-oint field goal with 3:41 left pulled the Crusaders within 67-66. The visiting Statesmen ran off the next seven points, but Clarke again closed within one on a Fitzsimon's bucket with just four ticks left. William Penn sank a pair of gifters from the charity stripe and a last-second three-point field goal attempt by Clarke was off the mark.
Carr pulled down six rebounds to lead the Crusaders to a 35-33 advantage on the boards.
William Penn shot 54.9 percent from the field, including a 60 percent showing in the final 20 minutes of play. Clarke hit 41.9 percent of its shots from the field.
Brandon Beasley and Nick Coffey each had 17 points to lead William Penn.
Clarke will wrap up regular-season play Wednesday at Waldorf.