Appleton's Big Night Lifts St. Norbert Past Beloit

From Sports Information Director, December 7, 2011 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College junior forward Paul Appleton pumped in a career-high 26 points to lift the Green Knights to a 73-63 win over Beloit College in a Midwest Conference game on Connie Tilley Court at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Midwest Conference. Beloit dropped to 1-6, 1-3.

Appleton scored 13 points in each half, and was 8-for-11 from the floor in the game. Appleton canned five of his six three-point field goal attempts and was also 5-for-6 at the free-throw line in 30 minutes of action.

St. Norbert held a 25-16 lead with 7 minutes 15 seconds left in the first half before the Buccaneers closed the half on a 16-7 run to knot the game at 32-32 at halftime.

Beloit briefly led at 37-34 with 18:03 left on a 3-pointer by Chris Bremner, but Appleton countered with a triple 14 seconds later. Chris Bremner scored for Beloit on the next possession, but Andrew Schwoerer's jumper started a 10-0 run over a stretch of 5 1/2 minutes for a 47-39 lead with 11:59 to go.

Tyler Butke had a conventional three-point play with 10:22 left to trim the Buccaneers' deficit to 49-44, but Appleton drilled 3-pointers on St. Norbert's next two possession for a nine-point edge. Appleton's basket with 7:37 left gave St. Norbert its first double-digit lead of the night at 59-48 and the Green Knights were never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

Brandon Gries pitched in 15 points for St. Norbert, while Schwoerer chipped in with 12. The Green Knights shot 41.1 percent (23-for-56) from the floor and were 21-for-26 (80.8 percent) at the free-throw line. St. Norbert had just nine turnovers and committed only seven fouls.

Butke had 17 points to lead Beloit, which shot 51.8 percent from the floor in making 29 of 56 field-goal attempts. James Lazarcik added 14 points, David Bremner 11 and Michael Horton 10 points and 10 assists.