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Balanced Effort Lifts St. Norbert Past Grinnell

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, February 10, 2018 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

GRINNELL, Iowa - Seven different players scored in double figures as St. Norbert College claimed a 104-94 win over Grinnell College in a Midwest Conference game at Darby Gym.

St. Norbert (17-6, 12-4 MWC) shot 56.1 percent (37-for-66) from the floor and was 30-for-46 (65.2 percent) at the free-throw line, and also held a whopping 62-27 rebounding advantage.

A 10-0 run for St. Norbert put the Green Knights ahead 24-9 just over the midway point of the second half. The spurt capped off an overall 22-3 outburst for the Green Knights, who trailed 6-2 in the early going. St. Norbert led 36-20 with 4:51 left in the first half before the Pioneers went on a run of their own, going on a 20-8 run to get to within 44-40 at the 1:45 mark. Brian Luteyn's hoop at the end of the half put the Green Knights ahead 50-43 at intermission.

St. Norbert and Grinnell were tied 56-56 with 15:26 left before the Green Knights' 6-0 run gave them some breathing room. Drew Yetka had a pair of free throws and a basket sandwiched around a Brennen Banks layup. St. Norbert was holding a 73-66 lead with 10:40 left before a 7-0 run put St. Norbert up 80-66 on a Mitchell Reinthaler basket. The Green Knights would lead 94-79 with 3:55 left before the Pioneers cut the deficit to 102-94 with 46 seconds left, but the host would get no closer.

Yetka led St. Norbert with a career-high 18 points. Reinthaler registered 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Luteyn added 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Banks finished with 13 points, Joe Lemon 12 points, Riley Haas 11 points and Connor Curtis 10 points.

Grinnell was held to 37.3 percent (28-for-75) from the floor and 18-for-50 (36 percent) from beyond the three-point arc. Sean Cullinane and Ky-Sean Johnson each had 22 points to lead Grinnell (12-10, 7-9).

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