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Reinthaler Leads St. Norbert Over North Central

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, December 19, 2017 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College senior forward Mitchell Reinthaler had a big night to lead the Green Knights to a 75-62 win over North Central (Minn.) University in a non-conference game at Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center.

Reinthaler finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, four blocked shots and two steals with no turnovers in 35 minutes to lead the Green Knights back from an early 10-point deficit.

North Central (4-7) canned its first five field-goal attempts - four from beyond the three-point arc - to take a 14-4 lead just 3 minutes into the game. The Green Knights (8-1) methodically worked their way back into the game, taking an 18-16 lead at the 11:47 mark after Brennen Banks canned a pair of 3-pointers. The Rams led 24-23 with 8:46 left in the half, but Wade Geenen's 3-pointer gave St. Norbert the lead for good.

C.J. Lewis' basket brought North Central to within 28-26, but St. Norbert went on a 9-0 run to take a 37-26 lead. Banks and Geenen each connected on 3-pointers to start the run. The Green Knights settled on a 43-34 lead at halftime.

North Central hung around, trailing just 56-49 with 13:28 left, but St. Norbert went on a 7-0 run - all provided by Reinthaler - for a 63-49 edge with 11:06 to go. St. Norbert kept its double-digit lead until the final 90 seconds of the game, but was the outcome was never seriously threatened.

The double-double was Reinthaler's third of the season. Joe Lemon added 17 points, while Geenen finished with 16 points. Banks added 12 points. Reinthaler's point total matched a career-high, while Lemon, Geenen and Banks all finished with career scoring highs.

St. Norbert shot 45.5 percent from the floor, making 25 of 55 field-goal attempts. The Green Knights also held a commanding 44-27 rebounding advantage.

North Central shot 35.1 percent (20-for-57) from the floor, but countered with a lusty 48 percent (12-for-25) from beyond the three-point arc. Lewis finished with 16 points, while Marcus Wynn added 13 points and Jared High 12 points.