Green Knights Shake Off Rust to Trim MSOE

From Sports Information Director, December 19, 2009 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

MILWAUKEE - St. Norbert College shook the rust off after a two-week layoff to go on to post a 69-52 win over Milwaukee School of Engineering in a non-conference game at the Kern Center.

St. Norbert, ranked No. 15 in the D3hoops.com Top 25, improved to 7-0 on the season to continue its best start since 1923. MSOE, which won 18 games last season, fell to 4-6.

The Green Knights were sluggish in the early going, making just one of their first eight shots from the floor to fall behind 9-2 seven minutes into the game. St. Norbert responded with a 21-4 run over the next eight minutes to grab a 23-13 lead with 6:41 left in the first half. Chris Peterson's 3-pointer jump-started the run, while Dave Wipperfurth connected on a trey and a conventional three-point play for a 13-11 lead, one St. Norbert would never relinquish.

MSOE pulled to within 37-29 with 18:33 left to play, but the Green Knights answered with a quick 9-0 run, including 3-pointers by Paul Appleton and Peterson, to push ahead 46-29. St. Norbert made 12 of its first 15 field-goal attempts to open the second half to lead by as much as 63-39 with 7:26 left.

St. Norbert ended up shooting 55.6 percent from the floor, making 25 of 45 field goal attempts. Wipperfurth had a team-high 16 points, while Peterson added 11 points and Appleton 10. Peterson and James Pfitzinger each had seven rebounds, as the Green Knights outrebounded the Raiders 32-23. St. Norbert did commit 20 turnovers, including six in the first six minutes of the game.

MSOE was led by standout Austin Meier, who scored 22 points with eight rebounds and four steals. The Raiders shot 33.9 percent from the floor, making 20 of 59 attempts.