St. Norbert Tops Carroll in Physical Battle

From Sports Information Director, December 18, 2013 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College took Carroll University's best shot Wednesday in a physical Midwest Conference contest, but the No. 14-ranked Green Knights held on to claim a 76-69 win over the Pioneers at Schuldes Sports Center.

St. Norbert (6-1, 4-0 MWC) never trailed in the second half but didn't have a lead larger than six points until the game's final score. The Green Knights were knotted 53-53 with the Pioneers after Alec Molter's conventional three-point play with 8:49 left. St. Norbert regained the lead 11 seconds later on a Kam Cerroni 3-pointer, a lead it would never relinquish.

Carroll (4-4, 2-3) got to within two points with 1:36 left on a steal and dunk by Andrew Nottling to cut the deficit to 68-66. St. Norbert managed to pull away on its next two possessions when Brandon Gries converted four free throws. The Green Knights made their last 14 free-throw attempts of the game, including a 10-for-10 effort in the last 2:10.

Carroll's biggest lead came early at 9-5, but St. Norbert went on a 10-0 run to take a 15-9 edge. The last first-half tie came at 32-32 with 4:05 to go before the break, and St. Norbert ended the period on a 6-3 mini-run to take a 38-35 edge into intermission.

Gries finished with 18 points, and was 14-for-14 from the free-throw line. Gries, who also had seven rebounds and six assists against one turnover in 37 minutes, became just the fifth player in St. Norbert history to have a perfect night at the charity stripe with at least 14 attempts.

Andrew Schwoerer added 18 points, while Cerroni and Andy Fox had eight points apiece. The Green Knights shot 52.2 percent (24-fof-46) from the floor, and were 24-for-28 (85.7 percent) at the free-throw line.

Kyle Keranen led Carroll with 22 points, while Molter added 15 points and nine rebounds. Andrew Nottling had 13 points and Joe Pijanowski 11. The Pioneers shot 46.9 percent (23-for-49) from the field and were 17-for-25 (68 percent) at the free-throw line.