Green Knights Cut Down Foresters for 14th-Straight Win

From Sports Information Director, January 28, 2014 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - St. Norbert College used another quick start to remain unbeaten in the Midwest Conference, jumping out to a 19-2 lead en route to a 72-52 win over Lake Forest College at the LFC Sports Center.

The Green Knights (16-1, 12-0 MWC), ranked No. 8 in the D3hoops.com Top 25, won their 14th consecutive game. Lake Forest, winners of three of its last four games coming into the game, dropped to 6-11, 5-7.

St. Norbert wasted little time taking control of the game. The Green Knights went on a 17-0 run over a 5-minute 41-second stretch after the game was tied 2-2 to take a 19-2 lead. The run started and ended with 3-pointers by Kam Cerroni, who had four trifectas during the run. St. Norbert built a pair of 20-point leads in the first half, and held a 38-18 edge at halftime.

The Green Knights put the game away early in the second half, going on a 25-8 run over the first 8:36 to lead by a stunning 63-26 margin with 11:14 to go.

Cerroni finished with a team-high 21 points, going 7-for-9 from beyond the three-point arc. Division III's top three-point field-goal marksman at 57.7 percent, Cerroni set a St. Norbert record by moving his season total to 71 made 3-pointers. The mark passed the old standard of 66, set by Mike Heun in 1997-98. Cerroni has made 43 of 66 three-point attempts over the last nine games, good for a 65.1 percentage.

Brandon Gries added 16 points to move into 16th place on St. Norbert's career scoring list with 1,109 points. Izaiah Anderson was the only other St. Norbert player to reach double figures with 12 points. The Green Knights shot 47.2 percent from the floor, making 25 of 53 field-goal attempts. St. Norbert, the nation's top three-point shooting team at 46.6 percent, made half of its three-point attempts at 10-for-20.

Jim Schick and James Stack led Lake Forest with 10 points apiece. The Foresters shot 36.4 percent (20-for-55) from the floor.