Green Knights Roll Lawrence to Remain Unbeaten in Midwest Conference

From Sports Information Director, February 2, 2010 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

APPLETON - For St. Norbert College's men's basketball team, it wasn't anything close to Groundhog Day.

Entering its first meeting of the year with Lawrence University for the second-straight season owning a 16-1 record, a 10-0 mark in the Midwest Conference, and a lofty national ranking, the Green Knights did not have to endure any repeats.

One day short of one year since a 75-52 drubbing at the hands of Lawrence in De Pere - a loss that sent the Green Knights on a five-losses-in-seven-games freefall to end the season - ninth-ranked St. Norbert turned the tables with a resounding 66-48 win at Alexander Gym.

The win marked the best 18-game start ever for St. Norbert (17-1, 11-0 MWC), and it was the visitors' largest margin of victory on the Vikings' home court since a 73-52 win on Dec. 1, 1993. It also snapped a St. Norbert 10-game losing streak to its rival 25 miles to the south. St. Norbert, which has won 47 of its last 59 games, holds a three-game lead in the MWC loss column with five games left to play.

St. Norbert didn't waste much time imposing its will, using its trademark defense to hold Lawrence to only nine points in the first 15 minutes 42 seconds of the game. The Green Knights led 11-5 at the 13:37 mark, but went on a 16-4 run over the next 9:19 to take a 27-9 lead. The Vikings would cut the deficit to 29-17 late in the first half, but Chris Peterson's late 3-pointer would give the Green Knights and 32-17 advantage.

The Green Knights would hold a double-digit lead through most of the second half until the Vikings pull to within nine on two occasions, the latter time at 39-30 with 12:31 to go. But a Jake Dietz conventional three-point play, a Lawrence turnover and a Peterson 3-pointer on the next three possessions pushed St. Norbert ahead 45-30 with 11:17 left and the outcome was never in question after that.

St. Norbert shot 46.2 percent for the game, connecting on 24 of 52 shots. Peterson led St. Norbert with 16 points, while Dave Wipperfurth added 10. John Taylor registered nine points, seven rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.

Lawrence's John Dekker, who was 22.4 points per game entering the contest, was held to 10 points with St. Norbert's Paul Mallers drawing the defensive assignment. Dekker, who was held scoreless in the first half, made just 3 of 17 field goals and 1 of 8 3-pointers in 29 minutes. The Vikings' Erik Borresen had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Lawrence shot just 34 percent (18-for-53) from the floor, and hoisted 25 3-pointers, making four (16 percent).