St. Norbert's Defense Leads the Way Past Beloit

From Sports Information Director, November 28, 2012 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College held Beloit College to just 32.7 percent shooting from the floor as the Green Knights rolled to a 66-49 win over the Buccaneers in the Midwest Conference opener for both teams on Connie Tilley Court at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights (2-1, 1-0 MWC) limited Beloit to making just 17 of 52 shots from the field, including only 9 of 29 in the second half as St. Norbert pulled away. It marked the 24th time in Gary Grzesk's seven-year coaching tenure St. Norbert has held an opponent to 50 points or less.

St. Norbert held a 12-8 lead with 10:49 left in the first half before the Green Knights got four points out of Izaiah Anderson during a 6-0 run for an 18-8 edge with 8:24 edge. Beloit got back to within eight late in the first half at 22-14, but consecutive 3-pointers by Jeremy Paprocki and Andy Fox bumped the lead back to 28-14. The Green Knights settled on a 33-22 lead at halftime.

The Green Knights harried Beloit into three turnovers and two missed shots on its first five second-half possessions as St. Norbert led 39-22 with 16:47 left. Beloit would not get closer than 11 points the rest of the way, as the Green Knights were in the bonus just 6:11 into the second half.

Brandon Gries led St. Norbert with 14 points, while Andrew Schwoerer netted 13 points and Fox 10. Anderson finished with eight points and eight rebounds. The Green Knights shot 41.7 percent from the floor, making 20 of 48 field goals. St. Norbert committed just nine turnovers.

Steve McAfee led Beloit with 16 points and nine rebounds, while James Lazarcik had 13 points and nine rebounds. The Buccaneers outrebounded the Green Knights 37-32.