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Alma Shoots Down St. Norbert in Nicolet National Bank Tournament Championship

From Sports Information Director, December 30, 2015 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College couldn't slow down a hot-shooting Alma College five and succumbed 82-65 in the championship game of the Nicolet National Bank Holiday Tournament at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Scots (7-4) shot 55.6 percent (30-for-54) from the floor and 15-for-28 (53.6 percent) from beyond the three-point arc to pull away for the decisive win. Alma was a white-hot 68 percent (17-for-25) from the floor in the second half, including 8-for-13 (61.5 percent) on 3-pointers, to hand the Green Knights their worst loss since an 87-65 defeat at the hands of Carroll University on Feb. 25, 2012.

Alma got some momentum on the last possession of the first half when Tyler Edwards' 3-pointer from the wing beat the halftime buzzer to five the Scots a 35-31 lead. D.J. Beckman canned a 3-pointer on the Scots' first possession of the second half to extend the lead, and Alma was in full control the rest of the way.

St. Norbert did rally to within 56-51 with 10:03 left after a pair of Tim Marshall free throws, but a hoop and 3-pointer by Beckman and another 3-pointer from Doug Bradfield put the Scots on an 8-0 run and a 64-51 lead with 8:50 to go. The Green Knights would not get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Scott Nikodemski led Alma with 23 points eight assists and five rebounds, and was named the tournament's most valuable player. Beckman added 19 points and six assists and was also named to the all-tournament team.

St. Norbert, which shot 38.2 percent (21-for-55) from the floor and 36.0 percent (9-for-25) from beyond the three-point arc, was led by Ben Bobinski's 16 points and seven rebounds. Terrence Garner had 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Garner and D.J. DeValk, who had 25 points in the first-round win over Anderson University, were named to the all-tournament team.

UW-River Falls' Jon Christensen and Anderson's Trevor Lucas were also named to the all-tournament team. River Falls defeated Anderson 85-68 in the consolation game.