Green Knights Wear Down St. Scholastica

St. Norbert to Face No. 1 UW-Platteville for Nicolet Bank Tournament Championship Tuesday

From Sports Information Director, December 29, 2008 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College moved out to its best start in 25 years with a sound 70-42 win over the College of St. Scholastica on the first day of the Nicolet National Bank Holiday Tournament at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights, who are 7-1 and haven't reached that milestone since the 1983-84 season, advanced to Tuesday's 7 p.m. tournament championship against No. 1-ranked UW-Platteville (11-0). St. Scholastica (4-5) will face Carthage (6-3) in the consolation game at 5 p.m.

It marked the second consecutive game St. Norbert has held its opponent to 50 points or less, and the eighth time in the three-year coaching tenure of Gary Grzesk that has occurred.

St. Norbert held a 43-35 lead with 13 minutes 11 seconds left to play before going on a decisive 13-0 run over the next 4:09 to take command at 56-35 with 9:02 left. Dave Wipperfurth started the run with a four-point play, canning a 3-pointer in front of the St. Norbert bench and added a free throw after a foul. Bryan Fleischmann added a pair of layups and a 3-pointer for the next seven points, while Ryan Finneke capped off the run with a basket.

Wipperfurth finished the game with a career-high 23 points, making 9 of 13 baskets and 4 of 5 3-pointers. Wipperfurth was the lone St. Norbert player to score in double figures, with 10 Green Knights cracking the scoring column. Fleischmann and Paul Mallers had nine points each, with Mallers grabbing a game-high seven rebounds.

St. Norbert shot 52.8 percent from the floor, making 28 of 53 field goals. The Green Knights were 8-for-17 on 3-pointers and outrebounded the Saints 39-26.

Danny Schmitz led the Saints with 14 points, canning four 3-pointers. Schmitz had all of his trifectas in the first half as the Saints trailed 30-23 at the break. St. Scholastica had just 10 turnovers but was done in by 29.4 percent shooting from the floor, making 15 of 51 shots.