Taylor Shines and Wipperfurth Hits 1,000 as St. Norbert Charges Past Ripon

From Sports Information Director, January 29, 2011 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - John Taylor scored a career-high 29 points and David Wipperfurth passed the 1,000 career points mark as St. Norbert College earned a key 83-64 Midwest Conference win over Ripon College at Schuldes Sports Center.

St. Norbert improved to 15-3 overall and 11-2 in the MWC, and holds a two-game lead in the loss column on the rest of the league after Carroll lost at Lawrence. Ripon, who beat St. Norbert 70-60 in Ripon on Jan. 11, fell to 10-7, 8-4.

Taylor scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half to hold off the Red Hawks. Wipperfurth canned his first two shots of the game to become the 25th player in school history to score 1,000 points, and now has 1,007 career points.

St. Norbert jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first 4 minutes 20 seconds of the game, getting four points from Wipperfurth and a 3-pointer by Taylor. Another Taylor triple with 12:47 left in the half put St. Norbert ahead 20-5. The Green Knights continued the offensive onslaught, leading by as many as 26 points in the first half before settling on a 45-21 halftime edge. St. Norbert shot 63.3 percent from the floor in the first half, making 19 of 30 shots.

Ripon wasted little time getting back into the game, opening the second half on a 13-2 run to trail 47-34 with 15:43 to go. Ripon got as close as 11 twice, the last time at 57-46 with 9:32 left. The Green Knights held the Red Hawks to one field goal from the 8:10 mark to the 4:17 mark to get some breathing room, and St. Norbert made all 10 of its free throws in the final five minutes.

Taylor's 29 points included seven 3-point field goals, just the sixth time in school history that total has been reached. Wipperfurth and Steve Papke each had 11 points, and Rob Durrett's 10 points all came in the second half. The Green Knights finished the game making 27 of 53 (50.9 percent) field goals. St. Norbert was 11-for-21 (52.4 percent) from beyond the three-point arc.

Ripon shot 42.9 percent from the floor, making 21 of 49 shots. Taylor Koth finished with 17 points, Aris Wurtz 13 and Scott Gillespie 10.