Green Knights Salvage Consolation Game of Nicolet National Bank Tournament With Win Over Chicago

From Sports Information Director, December 30, 2009 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College rebounded from a tough loss to post a hard-fought 71-60 win over the University of Chicago in the consolation game of the Nicolet National Bank Holiday Tournament at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights, now 8-1 on the season, are ranked No. 12 by D3hoops.com's Top 25. Chicago, which was nationally ranked before dropping out of the poll today, is now 6-4. Northwestern (Minn.) College, which beat St. Norbert 72-70 on Tuesday, topped Edgewood College 84-70 in the title game.

St. Norbert played with urgency from the opening moments, building a 36-21 lead with 5 minutes 50 seconds left in the first half. The Green Knights pushed the lead to 43-27 with 3:22 left in the half before the Maroons cut the halftime deficit to 43-35 with an 8-0 run.

Chicago opened the second half with a 12-8 run to pull within 51-47 with 11:51 left, but Chris Peterson's 3-pointer on the next possession gave St. Norbert a seven-point lead. The Green Knights wouldn't trail by less than seven the rest of the way, with Chicago getting with 4 minutes left on Steve Stefanou's 3-pointer to trail 66-58. St. Norbert held the Maroons scoreless until the visitor's final possession to hold on.

Mike Brumm led St. Norbert with a 16-point performance of fthe bench. Peterson, making his first collegiate start, scored 13 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Dave Wipperfurth added 11 points, while John Taylor had nine points and eight rebounds. St. Norbert shot 46.6 percent from the floor, making 27 of 58 shots, and had just nine turnovers.

Stefanou and Tom Williams each had 13 points, and John Kinsella added 12 points to pace the Maroons. Chicago shot 36.7 percent (22-for-60) from the floor, including a 9-for-32 (28.1 percent) showing in the second half.