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St. Norbert Opens Gap Atop MWC Standings

From Sports Information Director, January 24, 2015 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

MONMOUTH, Ill. - St. Norbert College moved two games ahead of second-place Monmouth College in the Midwest Conference standings with a key 76-62 win over the Scots at Glennie Gym.

The Green Knights (15-1, 11-0 MWC), ranked No. 16 in the D3hoops.com Top 25, now have five of their last seven regular-season games at home. Monmouth dropped to 12-4, 9-2.

St. Norbert led from post to wire in winning its 35th consecutive game against Midwest Conference opposition. Monmouth was within two points late in the first half, trailing 24-22, before St. Norbert led 28-23 at halftime.

The Green Knights held a 35-30 lead with 13:51 to go before going on a quick 7-2 run. Ben Bobinski had a rare four-point play to get things started, converting his 3-pointer and free throw. After a Monmouth basket, Austin Elliott canned a 3-pointer for a 42-32 edge with 12:36 left.

The Scots split a pair of free throws on their next possession, and St. Norbert went on an 8-0 run to take command. Andrew Schwoerer connected on a jumper, and Bobinski and Mitch Winter drained 3-pointers for a 50-33 edge with 9:54 left.

Monmouth would get as close as eight points with 4:31 and 1:36 left, but St. Norbert closed out the game with a successful parade to the free-throw line. The Green Knights made 25 of 32 free throws (78.1 percent) in the second half and were 30-for-38 (78.9 percent) for the game. St. Norbert was 20-for-37 (54.1 percent) from the floor.

Elliott finished one rebound shy of a triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Schwoerer had 20 points, while Bobinski added 10 points. Schwoerer moved into 11th place on St. Norbert's career scoring list with 1,276 points.

Monmouth was led by 12 points each from Nick Marema and Riley Blea. The Fighting Scots were 22-for-58 (37.9 percent) from the floor and 12-for-23 (52.2 percent) at the free-throw line.