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Green Knights Pull Away to Claim Nicolet Bank Holiday Tournament Opener

From Sports Information Director, December 29, 2015 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College broke open a close game with a strong start to the second half en route to a 94-66 win over Anderson (Ind.) University in the Nicolet National Bank Holiday Tournament at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights (9-1), ranked No. 23 in the D3hoops.com Top 25, will face Alma College (6-4) in the tournament championship at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Anderson (5-4) will play UW-River Falls (5-5) in the consolation game at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Alma dispatched River Falls 83-66 in Tuesday's first game.

The game opened at a breakneck pace, with St. Norbert leading 9-4 just over 3 1/2 minutes in. The Green Knights led 13-9 five minutes in before Anderson countered with a 10-0 run over the next 3:19 to take a 19-13 edge at the 11:41 mark. The Ravens' Cole Hartman connected with a 3-pointer at 11:05 to give Anderson its largest lead at 22-15.

St. Norbert then responded with a 7-0 run, with a pair of D.J. DeValk baskets sandwiched around a Taylor Penn 3-pointer. The game ebbed and flowed to a 30-30 tie with 6:33 left in the half before St. Norbert went on a 10-2 run to build a 40-32 lead. DeValk scored the first eight points of the run, including a pair of 3-pointers, followed by a Terrence Garner layup for a 40-32 edge with 3:58 left in the half. St. Norbert settled on a 44-37 lead at halftime.

The Green Knights opened the second half with a Tim Marshall layup and a Ben Bobinski 3-pointer on its first two possessions for a 49-37 lead, and would never lead by less than 10 points the remainder of the game. Anderson got to within 12 with 11:21 left on a long Hartman 3-pointer, but a hoop and 3-pointer by Seth Taylor put St. Norbert ahead 69-52 with 10:25 to go.

St. Norbert shot 63.8 percent (37-for-58) from the floor and outrebounded the Ravens 39-23. DeValk registered a career-high 25 points, with 18 in the first half. Garner added 22 points. Both DeValk and Garner were 10-for-12 from the floor. Bobinski added 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds. St. Norbert had 25 assists on 37 made field goals.

Anderson shot 41.3 percent (26-for-63) from the floor and was 11-for-30 (36.7 percent) on three-point field-goal attempts. Hartman finished with 19 points, while Trevor Lucas added 13 points.