St. Norbert Grinds Past Concordia-Chicago

From Sports Information Director, December 17, 2008 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College extended its winning streak to five games with a physical 65-50 win over Concordia University Chicago in a non-conference game at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights improved to 6-1 for the first time since 1995-96, and it marked the seventh time in Gary Grzesk's three-year coaching tenure they've held their opponent to 50 points or less. Concordia dropped to 3-4.

Concordia came out strong out of the game, jumping out to a 10-3 lead 5 minutes 22 seconds into the game. A pair of 3-pointers by Ryan Young on the Cougars' first two possessions gave them an early 6-0 lead. St. Norbert went on a 12-2 run to take its first lead at 15-12, pulling ahead on a Paul Mallers 3-pointer with 10:01 left in the first half.

The Green Knights led 18-17 with 7:46 left before halftime when they connected on 3-pointers on three-straight possessions. Bryan Fleischmann hit two triples and John Taylor added one. Fleischmann finished the run with a layup to give the Green Knights a 29-19 lead. St. Norbert led 31-25 at halftime.

Concordia worked its way back to a 44-38 deficit with 11:13 to play on a pair of free throws by Young. St. Norbert went on a 12-2 run from there, with seven of the points coming by Tom Katzfey and another Mallers 3-pointer. The Green Knights led 56-40 with 7:40 left and never led by less than 13 points the rest of the way.

St. Norbert shot 41.5 percent from the floor, making 22 of 53 field goals. The Green Knights were 11-for-24 (45.8 percent) on 3-pointers but were 10-for-24 (41.7 percent) at the free-throw line. Fleischmann led all scorers with 19 points, while Taylor added 14 and Katzfey 13.

Concordia was led by Young's 17 points. The Cougars were 17-for-49 from the floor, good for 34.7 percent. Concordia made its first two 3-pointers of the game but went 0-for-11 from beyond the arc for the rest of the game.