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St. Norbert's Hot Start Leads to Win Over Cornell

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, January 27, 2018 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - St. Norbert College got off to another strong start and kept control throughout in a 66-49 win over Cornell College in a Midwest Conference game at Small Multi-Sport Center.

The Green Knights (15-4, 10-2 MWC) jumped out to a 12-2 lead just over four minutes into the game and never led by less than seven points the rest of the game.

St. Norbert went on a 10-0 after a 2-2 tie, with D.J. DeValk canning a 3-pointer and finishing the spurt with a conventional three-point play. Cornell cut its deficit to 14-7 before the Green Knights canned 3-pointers from Joe Lemon and Taylor Penn for a 20-7 lead with 13:58 left in the half. The Rams would trail 22-13 before Wade Geenen connected on a triple and Connor Curtis hit a layup for a 27-13 lead at the 7:26 mark. Brian Luteyn's basket with 33 seconds left sent St. Norbert into halftime with a 41-22 lead.

Cornell would get no closer than 16 points in the second half, trailing 44-28 with 15:46 remaining and 48-32 with 10:43 left. Luteyn scored three points and Brennan Banks four points in a 7-0 run for a 55-32 lead with 7:54 to go that sealed the win.

St. Norbert shot 44.6 percent (25-for-56) from the floor in the game. DeValk was the only Green Knight in double figures with 22 points. Curtis added eight points, while Lemon had 11 rebounds along with four points.

Cornell shot 32.7 percent (16-for-49) from the floor. Jon Anderson led the Rams with 11 points and eight rebounds.