Green Knights Tumble to UW-La Crosse in Nicolet Bank Tourney Championship

From Sports Information Director, December 30, 2011 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - UW-La Crosse shot almost 57 percent from the floor en route to winning the championship game of the Nicolet National Bank Holiday Tournament with a 78-57 win over St. Norbert College on Connie Tilley Court at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Eagles (10-2) have won 10 of 11 games since dropping their season opener, and became the first Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team in four tries to win the title in the tournament's five-year existence. St. Norbert fell to 6-4.

La Crosse made 30 of 53 field-goal attempts to shoot at a brisk 56.6 percent clip. The Eagles also canned 10 of their 14 three-point field goal attempts for a 71.4 percent rate.

St. Norbert was within 25-20 with 6 minutes 31 seconds left in the first half before the Eagles went on a 16-8 run to close the half. La Crosse made 7 of 9 (77.8 percent) of its 3-pointers in the first half.

La Crosse's Al Chery was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after getting 15 points and six rebounds in just 20 minutes. The Eagles' Cory Degner was also named to the All-Tournament Team with 16 points. La Crosse had just nine turnovers and had a 31-20 rebounding edge.

Paul Appleton led St. Norbert with 15 points, while Andrew Schwoerer netted 13 points and five rebounds. Both players were named to the All-Tournament Team along with Kalamazoo's Joe Prepolec and Northland's Adrian Flores.

The Green Knights shot 45.8 percent (22-for-48) from the floor.