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Green Knights Clinch MWC Title Share With Romp Past Beloit

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, February 12, 2020 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College turned in one of its best defensive efforts of the season and clinched a share of the Midwest Conference championship in the process with a perfunctory 66-43 win over Beloit College at Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center.

The 43 points yielded by the Green Knights marks a season-best defensive effort, and the third time St. Norbert has held an opponent below 50 points this season. St. Norbert also captured at least a share of its ninth Midwest Conference championship in the last nine seasons, and can wrap up an outright title with one win in its final three games.

St. Norbert (19-3, 14-1 MWC), ranked No. 23 in the Top 25, never trailed the Buccaneers. The Green Knights jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first 3 1/2 minutes thanks to 3-pointers by Joe Ciriacks and Wade Geenen. St. Norbert eventually built a 10-point lead when Jared Murphy canned a 3-pointer in transition with 11:03 left in the half. The Green Knights would get the lead up to 16 points on three occasions late in the first half, settling on a 34-18 lead at halftime when a Jack Pettit layup beat the buzzer.

Beloit's Andrew Walters scored on the Buccaneers' first possession of the second half, but St. Norbert would go on a 15-0 run to put the game away. Jacob Bolwerk started the run with a layup and then added a conventional 3-point play. Nolan Beirne drained a 3-pointer and a jumper, followed by a pair of Ciriacks free throws and a Connor Curtis layup for a 49-20 lead with 14:38 remaining. Beloit wouldn't get any closer than 21 points until late in the game.

St. Norbert shot 41.9 percent (26-for-62) from the floor. Murphy led the Green Knights off the bench with 17 points, while Bolwerk added 10 points.

Beloit shot 27.1 percent (13-for-48) from the floor and 13-for-22 (59.1 percent) at the free-throw line. Walters led the Buccaneers with 10 points and 16 rebounds.

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