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Green Knights Lose Triple-Overtime Heartbreaker

From Sports Information Director, March 6, 2015 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College held leads late in regulation, the first overtime and second overtime but couldn't close either period out and subsequently lost a 110-98 triple-overtime decision to Elmhurst College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights saw their season end 24-2. Elmhurst (20-7) advanced to face University of Northwestern at 7 p.m. Saturday in the second round. Northwestern knocked off University of St. Thomas 71-70 in the other first-round game held at St. Norbert.

St. Norbert led 66-64 inside 30 seconds remaining in regulation time. Elmhurst missed two shots and got both offensive rebounds to set up Will Nixon's layup with 3 seconds left to force overtime at 66-66.

The Green Knights led through most of the first overtime, holding an 81-78 lead after Austin Elliott split a pair of free throws with just under 7 seconds left. Elmhurst Kyle Wuest then canned about a 25-footer just under 3 seconds left to force a second overtime.

St. Norbert then held a lead by as much as 92-88 with 43 seconds left in the second overtime, but the Bluejays' Erik Crittenden made a pair of free throws and then hit a lean-in jumper with about 6 seconds remaining to knot the score 92-92. D.J. DeValk's potential game-winning layup at the buzzer was ruled late.

Elmhurst took control early in the third overtime sessions, with Wuest scoring a conventional three-point play 9 seconds into the period and Eric Leonard burying a 3-pointer on the next possession. St. Norbert never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

Elliott led St. Norbert with 31 points, while Steven Hofacker added 21 points. Ben Bobinski added 16 points and Andrew Schwoerer 14 points. The Green Knights shot just 40 percent (26-for-65) from the floor, including 8-for-25 (32 percent) in the second half. St. Norbert was 35-for-42 at the free-throw line.

Elmhurst was led by Wuest's 32 points, 31 of which were scored after halftime. Leonard added 17 points and Crittenden 16 points for the Bluejays, who shot 46.8 percent (37-for-79) from the floor and were 27-for-35 (77.1 percent) at the free-throw line.