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Comeback Effort Falls Short Against Monmouth

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, February 3, 2018 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College nearly came all the way back from an 18-point second-half deficit but eventually succumbed to Monmouth College 65-56 in a Midwest Conference game on Connie Tilley Court in Jim Kress Gymnasium at Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center.

The Green Knights (15-6, 10-4 MWC) found themselves trailing by 18 three times in the first four minutes of the second half and still trailed by 15 at 48-33 with 11:39 to go. Monmouth's D.J. Swift made a jumper with 8:45 left to put the Fighting Scots ahead 52-39, but St. Norbert then went on a 12-0 run to get back into the game.

Mitchel Reinthaler got things started with a basket, followed by a pair of free throws by Connor Curtis and another hoop by Reinthaler made if 52-45 with 6:19 left. D.J. DeValk's basket and Curtis' layup brought St. Norbert to within three. DeValk then had a fastbreak layup with 4:52 to go and the Green Knights trailed 52-51.

St. Norbert got another defensive stop but two shots from close range to take the lead missed the target. Monmouth's Paul Engo scored with 3:46 to go, but Wade Geenen answered with a basket with 2:46 to go to make it 54-53. Monmouth missed the front end of 1-and-1, but St. Norbert turned it over with just over 2 minutes to go. The miscue led the Engo's uncontested layup for a 56-53 Monmouth lead with 2:07 left, and the Green Knights would get no closer.

St. Norbert shot an abysmal 8-for-28 (28.6 percent) in the first half to trail 36-19 at halftime.

Reinthaler led St. Norbert with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Curtis also added 12 points. Brennen Banks had 11 points, while DeValk finished with 10 points. The Green Knights shot 37.7 percent (23-for-61) from the floor for the game.

Swift led Monmouth with 13 points, while Engo and Justin Aluya added 12 points apiece. The Fighting Scots finished 24-for-55 (43.6 percent) from the floor.