Peterson's Big Night Lifts St. Norbert to Overtime Win at Illinois College

From Sports Information Director, January 22, 2010 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. - St. Norbert College junior forward Chris Peterson tallied career scoring and rebounding highs to lift the Green Knights to a hard-fought 74-68 Midwest Conference win over Illinois College at Sherman Gym.

The Green Knights, ranked 13th by D3hoops.com, improved to 13-1 overall and 7-0 in the MWC while winning its 43rd game in their last 55 outings. The Blueboys dropped to 8-6, 4-3.

Peterson scored 32 points with 13 rebounds to register career bests. Peterson 10 of St. Norbert's 15 points in overtime, a crucial performance considering leading scorer Dave Wipperfurth missed the game due to an injury. Peterson canned 10 of 17 shots from the floor, including 4 of 8 3-pointers. He was also a perfect 8-for-8 at the free-throw line.

St. Norbert never trailed in the overtime session, with Peterson's basket with 3:43 left putting the Green Knights up to stay at 63-61. Peterson's hoop with 1:36 left put St. Norbert ahead 68-65. Illinois College's Jacob Tucker knifed his way in for a layup with 1:14 to go, but John Taylor's 3-pointer with 54 seconds left gave the Green Knights a four-point lead. The Blueboys' David Steward split a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left, but the host would never score again.

The Green Knights' largest lead of the second half was just seven points, the last at 58-51 with 4:41 left in regulation. Illinois College would hold St. Norbert scoreless over the next 3 1/2 minutes, going on a 7-0 run to tie the score on a Devin Gilman dunk with 1:32 left. Paul Mallers put St. Norbert ahead 59-58 with 1:10 left, and Tucker made a free throw with 50 seconds left to square the game at 59. St. Norbert didn't score on its next possession, but Mike Brumm's steal in the final seconds gave it a final shot, with Taylor's 3-pointer at the buzzer off the mark.

Besides Peterson's performance, Mallers finished with 12 points and Brumm 10. Taylor dished out seven assists from his point-guard spot and played 44 minutes. The Green Knights were 24-for-59 from the floor (40.7 percent), and were 10-for-27 (37.0 percent) from beyond the three-point arc. St. Norbert was a pivotal 16-for-20 (80 percent) at the free-throw line.

Tucker led Illinois College with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Craig Bals had 21 points. The Blueboys were 23-for-57 (40.4 percent) from the floor, but were 4-for-22 (18.2 percent) on 3-pointers. Illinois College faltered at the free-throw line, making just 18 of 30 (60 percent), including just 11 of 20 (55 percent) in the second half.