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Big Run Fuels Green Knights at Grinnell

From Sports Information Director, December 5, 2015 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

GRINNELL, Iowa - St. Norbert College went on a 25-0 run midway through the first half to spark a 104-91 win over Grinnell College in a Midwest Conference game at Darby Gym.

The Green Knights (4-1, 3-0 MWC) pushed their winning streak against Midwest Conference opponents to 47 with the win. It was only St. Norbert's third win in the last 11 games at Grinnell (4-4, 1-2).

St. Norbert held a 19-18 lead with 12:29 left in the first half but then exploded on a 25-0 run to eventually take a 44-18 lead with 6:01 to go. The Green Knights held the Pioneers scoreless on 15 possessions during the run, which included 12 missed field goals (all three-point attempts) and five turnovers.

Taylor Penn led St. Norbert during the run with seven points, while Ben Bobinski added six points and Terrence Garner five points during the skein. The Pioneers would cut into the deficit a bit, trailing 52-36 late in the half before a pair of Bobinski free throws put it at 54-36 at halftime.

St. Norbert would lead again by 24 early in the second half at 62-38 on a Garner layup, but Grinnell could get to within 15 at 66-51 with 15:29 to go. But the Pioneers wouldn't get any closer than 14 points until the game's final margin at 97-83 with just 2:09 to go.

The Green Knights shot 66.7 percent from the floor, making 36 of 54 field-goal attempts. St. Norbert also made 31 of 42 (73.8 percent) free-throw attempts. Bobinski led St. Norbert with 22 points, while Reinthaler added 21 points and eight rebounds and Penn 20 points. Garner added 17 points.

Grinnell shot 37.0 percent (30-for-81) from the floor and just 27.4 percent (17-for-62) from beyond the three-point arc. The Pioneers, who were 14 of 17 (82.4 percent) at the free-throw line, were led by Julian Marx with 18 points and Vinny Curta with 14 points.