Winning Streak Ends With Slow Start at UW-Whitewater

From Sports Information Director, February 2, 2013 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

WHITEWATER - St. Norbert College went scoreless for just over the game's first six minutes and couldn't recover from the slow start in a 63-38 loss at defending national champion UW-Whitewater in a non-conference game at Kachel Fieldhouse.

The Warhawks (17-4), the defending NCAA Division III national champion, lost at St. Norbert 66-55 on Dec. 30 in the championship game of the Nicolet National Bank Holiday Tournament in De Pere. St. Norbert (15-4) had a 12-game winning streak snapped in the loss.

Whitewater jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first 4:25, with St. Norbert missing its first three shots and committing four turnovers. Brandon Gries' conventional three-point play at the 13:35 mark got St. Norbert on the board, and the Green Knights cut the deficit to 14-9 with 10:44 to go before halftime.

St. Norbert trailed 24-15 with 5:38 left in the half before the Warhawks went on an 11-0 run to take a 35-15 lead before settling on a 35-17 lead at the break. The Green Knights would get no closer than 16 points in the second half.

Gries was the only St. Norbert player to reach double figures with 11 points. The Green Knights shot 31.0 percent (13-for-42) from the floor and had 17 turnovers.

Luke Knoble had 15 points to lead the Warhawks, who shot 46 percent (23-for-50) from the floor.