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Green Knights Outlast Carroll

From Sports Information Director, January 21, 2015 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

WAUKESHA - St. Norbert College made just enough plays in the last 5 minutes of the game to hold of a game Carroll University ballclub to post a 67-61 Midwest Conference win at Van Male Fieldhouse.

The Green Knights (14-1, 10-0 MWC), ranked No. 16 in the D3hoops.com Top 25, won for the 34th consecutive time against a Midwest Conference opponent. Carroll fell to 8-7, 5-5.

St. Norbert saw a 55-47 lead with 6:31 to go melt away into a 55-55 tie with 4:40 left after the Pioneers Brian Nagy converted a conventional three-point play. On the next possession, the Green Knights had a 3-pointer by D.J. DeValk miss as the shot clock expired, but Terrence Garner got the putback for a 57-55 edge with 3:48 left.

Neither team scored again until Steven Hofacker scored in the paint with 2:35 left. The Green Knights got another stop and Austin Elliott made a pair of free throws with 1:51 left for a 61-55 lead. DeValk then canned a 3-pointer with 1:03 to go to seal with the win with a 64-55 lead.

St. Norbert slowly built a lead in a physical, low-possession first half. The Green Knights led 28-20 at intermission. Carroll scored the first four points of the second half before St. Norbert went on a 7-0 run to take its first double-digit lead of the game at 35-24 on a pair of Elliott free throws with 17:02 to go. The Green Knights would maintain a lead in the high single digits until the Pioneers began their late charge.

Elliott was the only St. Norbert player to reach double figures, posting a career-high 25 points. Elliott, who was 9-for-9 at the free-throw line, also had seven assists and five rebounds. Garner and Andrew Schwoerer both had nine points apiece. The Green Knights shot 56.5 percent (26-for-46) from the floor but committed 16 turnovers.

Nagy totaled 21 points to lead Carroll, while Kyle Keranen added 17 points and Nathan Schaefer 10 points. The Pioneers shot 49 percent (25-for-51) but were outrebounded by the Green Knights 32-20.