St. Norbert Outlasts Knox, Improves Lead in MWC Race to Three Games

From Sports Information Director, January 23, 2010 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

GALESBURG, Ill. - St. Norbert College finished off a sweep of a two-game road trip in the Midwest Conference with a 56-45 win over Knox College at Memorial Gym.

The Green Knights, ranked 13th in the D3hoops.com Top 25, improved to 14-1 overall and 8-0 in the Midwest Conference. After other results today in the MWC, St. Norbert has opened up a three-game lead in the loss column on four other conference foes. Knox fell to 1-14, 1-7.

St. Norbert, again playing without leading scorer Dave Wipperfurth, led by as many as 11 points in the first half, taking an 18-7 lead on a Mike Brumm 3-pointer with 8 minutes 37 seconds left in the period. The Prairie Fire would go on a 12-3 run over the next seven minutes to cut it to within 21-19 with 1:51 left. The two teams traded 3-pointers before John Taylor's jumper at the end of the half gave St. Norbert a 26-22 lead.

Knox would eventually grab a brief lead at 29-28 with 15:52 remaining on a pair of Lukas Shaw free throws. St. Norbert would go on a 14-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 42-29 advantage. Paul Appleton hit a jumper and a 3-pointer to get the run started. Taylor made a pair of free throws, followed by another Appleton jumper. Brumm then canned a 3-pointer and a hoop as the Green Knights scored on 6 of 7 possessions in the run. The closest the Prairie Fire would get the rest of the way would be nine points at 54-45 with 1:11 left.

Brumm led St. Norbert with 13 points, while Appleton and Taylor each had 10 points. The Green Knights shot 42.3 percent from the floor, making 22 of 52 shots. St. Norbert committed just six turnovers and were whistled for only nine fouls.

Knox made 38.6 percent (17-for-44) of its shots. Ian Horvath led the Prairie Fire with 11 points, while Lukas Shaw added 10 points and 10 rebounds.