St. Norbert Slows Down Grinnell, Runs to 37-Point Win

From Sports Information Director, January 16, 2010 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College had one of its best-ever defensive performances against Grinnell College's system, and blitzed the Pioneers by a convincing 109-72 margin in a Midwest Conference win at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights (12-1, 6-0 MWC) had its best defensive effort against Grinnell since a 61-48 win on Jan. 22, 1993, a game where the Pioneers only attempted 45 shots. It was the lowest point total of the season for Grinnell, which fell to 2-10, 1-4.

St. Norbert jumped out to a 101-64 lead on a Chris Peterson basket with 9 minutes 51 seconds remaining before Grinnell called off its full-court press and sat in a zone defense. Prior to that point, St. Norbert shot a lusty 86.2 percent from the floor, making 44 of its first 51 shots. The Green Knights finished the game 44-for-62 (71.0 percent).

The Green Knights never trailed, and quickly built a 17-6 lead. Jake Dietz scored six straight points at the end of that run. The Pioneers would cut the deficit to 27-20 with 11:17 left in the first half, but would never get any closer. St. Norbert closed the first half on a 7-0 run in the period's final minute, capped by a John Taylor 18-foot jumper at the buzzer.

Grinnell worked to within 67-48 on a 3-pointer by Dylan Seelman with 17:53 left, but St. Norbert would go on an 18-5 run over the next four minutes to build an 85-53 lead. St. Norbert's largest lead was 41 points on two different occasions.

Peterson posted a career-high 29 points, making 13 of 16 field goals, and also had a game-high six rebounds. Steve Papke finished with 16 points, getting eight points on breakaway dunks. Jake Dietz added 15 points, while Jack Whalen chipped in with 13 points and Paul Appleton 10. Taylor and Mike Brumm had eight and six assists, respectively. St. Norbert finished with a 2-to-1 turnover margin with 32 assists and only 16 turnovers.

Grinnell had just two players score in double figures. Dylan Seelman had 29 points, making 9 of 18 3-pointers. Matt Chalupa added 19 points, going 7-for-24 from floor and 5-for-21 from beyond the three-point arc.