Green Knights Get Back in MWC Race With Big Win at Carroll

From Sports Information Director, December 19, 2012 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

WAUKESHA - St. Norbert College won a key game as far as its Midwest Conference championship hopes were concerned by claiming a 69-55 league win at Carroll University's Van Male Fieldhouse.

The Green Knights (5-3, 4-2 MWC) need to beat their fellow conference contender Pioneers (7-3, 3-2 MWC) to avoid falling further back in the league standings. St. Norbert trails Grinnell and Beloit by one game in the loss column entering the holiday break.

St. Norbert shot just 41 percent from the floor but had 25 made baskets on a whopping 61 attempts. The Green Knights had 20 offensive rebounds and held a 40-31 rebounding edge on the Pioneers.

The first half was tightly contested, but Jeremy Paprocki snapped a 25-25 tie with a 3-pointer to give the Green Knights three-point lead with 4:35 left before halftime. Brandon Gries split a pair of free throws and Paprocki canned another 3-pointer with 2:11 left for a 32-25 lead. St. Norbert settled on a 32-27 lead at halftime.

Carroll scored the first basket of the second half to trim the deficit to 32-29, but the Green Knights scored the game's next seven points on a pair of baskets by Andrew Schwoerer and a 3-pointer by Paul Appleton to lead 39-29 with 17:25 remaining.

The Pioneers would cut their deficit to seven points on three separate occasions, but couldn't get over that hump. St. Norbert led 51-44 after Carroll's Andrew Nottling scored with 10:32 left, but the Green Knights scored the next six points over the next three minutes to salt the game away with a 57-44 lead with 7:37 left.

Schwoerer led four St. Norbert players in double figures with 21 points. Paul Appleton registered his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, and added three assists. Gries finished with 12 points, while Paprocki totaled 10 points.

Carroll, which shot 40.4 percent (19-for-47) from the field, was led by Rudy Bentley's 11 points. The Pioneers were forced into 18 turnovers.