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Green Knights Win Key MWC Game Over Carroll

From Sports Information Director, January 20, 2016 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College got off to a hot start and never trailed as the Green Knights defeated Carroll University 82-58 in a key Midwest Conference game at Schuldes Sports Center.

Both teams entered the game unbeaten in conference play. St. Norbert (13-2, 10-0 MWC), ranked No. 22 in the D3hoops.com Top 25, extended its winning streak against Midwest Conference opponents to 54 with the win. Carroll (12-2, 8-1) fell 1 1/2 games behind the Green Knights with the loss. St. Norbert travels to Carroll on Saturday, January 30 in the return matchup.

Both teams scored on its opening possession before St. Norbert went on an 18-3 run to take a 20-5 lead eight minutes into the game. A pair of 3-pointers by D.J. DeValk and Seth Taylor opened up the Green Knights' lead to 18-5 and Mitchell Reinthaler's hoop at the 12:01 mark put St. Norbert ahead by 15 points.

The Pioneers would cut the deficit down to 36-24 with 3:56 left in the first half, but St. Norbert countered with a 6-0 run to take a 42-24 lead into halftime.

St. Norbert opened up a 20-point lead at 46-26 on a pair of Terrence Garner free throws with 18:15 to go. Carroll countered with a 9-0 run over the next 1:41 to trail just 46-35 with 16:36 remaining. A pair of 3-pointers by DeValk and Mitch Winter helped fuel a St. Norbert run of 17-4 to give the Green Knights a 63-39 edge with 9:33 to go.

The Green Knights shot 56.9 percent (33-for-58) from the floor and held a 33-22 rebounding edge. St. Norbert rebounded 16 of its 25 missed field goals. DeValk matched a career high with 25 points, while Garner added 14 points and nine rebounds. Tim Marshall also added 10 points.

Carroll shot 47.8 percent (22-for-46) from the floor but had 18 turnovers. Kyle Keranen was the only Pioneer to reach double figures in the scoring column with 11 points.