Green Knights Pull Away From Foresters

From Sports Information Director, December 5, 2008 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College's men's basketball team is off to its best start in 12 years following a 68-57 win over Lake Forest College in a Midwest Conference opener for both teams at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights pushed out to a 4-1 record on the year, and have not started that well since the 1996-97 season. The Foresters fell to 1-4 overall.

Lake Forest held a 25-22 lead with 2:38 left in the first half before the Green Knights closed the half out with a 9-0 run. Jake Dietz's layup cut the deficit to one, then John Taylor's 3-pointer gave the Green Knights a 27-25 lead. Taylor canned another jumper and Tom Katzfey finished a layup just before halftime for a 31-25 halftime advantage.

St. Norbert led 33-29 with 18:05 left before going on a 11-0 run to take a 44-29 lead with 13:03 left. The Green Knights total run was a 23-6 skein, fueled by a pair of Bryan Fleischmann 3-pointers. His last 3-pointer gave the Green Knights a 56-36 lead with 9:20 left. The Foresters would not get closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

Taylor led the Green Knights with a career-high 17 points. Katzfey had 12 points, Dietz 11 and Fleischmann 10. St. Norbert shot 43.9 percent from the floor, making 25 of 57 shots. The Green Knights held a commanding 38-26 rebounding advantage, including 16 on the offensive end. Dietz had nine rebounds.

Lake Forest shot 43.8 percent from the floor, making 21 of 48 shots. Patrick Hanley led the Foresters with 15 points, while Travis Clark added 12 and Victor Campbell 11.