St. Norbert Winning Streak Goes to 13 With Win Over Cornell

From Sports Information Director, January 25, 2014 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College used a big first half as the impetus behind an 84-62 win over Cornell College in a Midwest Conference game at Schuldes Sports Center. The Green Knights, ranked No. 11 in the D3hoops.com Top 25, won for the 13th consecutive time.

St. Norbert (15-1, 11-0 MWC) led from start-to-finish. The Green Knights scored on their first six possessions to take a 15-6 lead, keyed by 3-pointers from Andy Fox, Brandon Gries and Kam Cerroni. The Rams (7-9, 4-7) cut the deficit to 25-19 before the Green Knights went on a 7-0 run to take a 13-point lead, with Steven Hofacker's jumper putting the host up 32-19 with 7:42 left in the half.

Cornell's Reggie Greenwood made two free throws, but St. Norbert answered with a 16-4 run, with Austin Elliott's jumper putting the Green Knights ahead 48-25 with 47 seconds left. St. Norbert led 48-28 at halftime.

The Rams made things interesting in the second half, cutting their deficit down to 10 points at 59-49 with 9:39 left to play on a Joey Guth 3-pointer. St. Norbert led 62-51 with 7:51 remaining, but the Green Knights then went on a 20-4 run over the next 5:20 to take an 82-55 lead with 2:31 to go.

Cerroni led St. Norbert with 20 points and also had a game-high six rebounds. Cerroni canned 4 of 5 three-point field goal attempts, boosting his season percentage to 56.1 percent and is shooting 63.2 percent from beyond the arc over the last eight games. Gries added 15 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Andrew Schwoerer added 15 points off the bench for the Green Knights, who shot 57.4 percent (31-for-54) from the floor. St. Norbert shot the same from three-point range as it did from the free-throw line, making 11 of 18 (61.1 percent) from both areas.

Cornell shot 43.6 percent (24-for-55) from the floor. Greenwood led the Rams with 21 points, while Guth added 16 and Nick Bobb 10.