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Green Knights Wear Down Monmouth

From Sports Information Director, January 14, 2017 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

GREEN BAY - St. Norbert College methodically worked its way to its 72nd consecutive win over a Midwest Conference opponent when it topped Monmouth College 65-40 at UW-Green Bay's Kress Events Center.

The Green Knights (11-2, 8-0 MWC), ranked No. 9 in the Top 25 and Division III's top defensive team at 54.1 points allowed per game, held the Fighting Scots (3-10, 3-5) to 17 second-half points to pull away.

St. Norbert led from start to finish, seeing its first-half lead melt to two points on three occasions but always kept the advantage. Monmouth was within 19-17 with 6:48 left in the first half when Ben Bobinski's layup and Joe Ciriacks' 3-pointer put the Green Knights ahead 24-17. St. Norbert
eventually settled on a 32-23 halftime lead.

Connor Curtis gave St. Norbert a double-digit lead for good on a basket with 14:28 remaining for a 42-32 edge. Bobinski's three free throws with 13:17 left put the Green Knights up 46-32 and St. Norbert would never lead by less than 12 points the rest of the way.

Monmouth would score just six points in the last 11:46 of the contest.

St. Norbert shot 51.0 percent (26-for-51) from the floor. Terrence Garner had 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals in 33 minutes. D.J. DeValk also had 14 points, while Bobinski had eight points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Curtis added 10 points.

Monmouth shot 27.5 percent (14-for-51) from the floor and just 25 percent (6-for-24) in the second half. Will Jones was the only Fighting Scot to reach double figures with 13 points.

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