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Green Knights Shoot Down Ripon

From Sports Information Director, January 27, 2015 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College shot a white-hot 71 percent in the first half en route to opening a big lead and cruised to an 85-65 win over Ripon College in a Midwest Conference game at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights (16-1, 12-0 MWC), ranked No. 14 in the D3hoops.com Top 25, won for the 36th consecutive time against a Midwest Conference opponent.

St. Norbert led 11-9 just over five minutes in before embarking on a 17-3 run to pull away. Bryan Dalton's layup at the 10:46 mark gave the Green Knights their first double-digit lead at 22-11. Mitch Winter followed on the next possession for a 25-11 edge. Following a Ripon free throw, Terrence Garner converted a conventional three-point play for a 28-12 lead with 9:10 to go.

The Green Knights took a 23-point lead at 53-30 on a Winter layup with 1:05 left in the half before settling on a 53-34 edge at halftime. St. Norbert made 22 of its first 29 field-goal attempts (75.9 percent) to open the game and shot 22-for-31 (71 percent) in the first half.

Ripon (11-6, 8-4) got to within 16 points three times in the second half but could get no closer. Dalton's conventional three-point play with 4:56 to go put St. Norbert ahead 75-56 and Andrew Schwoerer's hoop with 3:58 to go for a 77-56 edge locked the up the win.

Schwoerer led St. Norbert with 23 points and 11 rebounds, converting 10 of 16 field-goal attempts. Austin Elliott finished with 19 points and six assists, and D.J. DeValk chipped in 11 points. The Green Knights finished 59.3 percent (35-for-59) from the floor.

Ripon's Ty Sabin had 35 points go for naught in defeat. The nation's second-leading scorer was 12-for-18 from the floor, 3-for-7 beyond the three-point arc and 8-for-9 at the line. Brendan McCoy added 11 points off the bench for the Red Hawks, who shot 37.1 percent (23-for-62) from the floor.