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Big Start Powers Green Knights Over Vikings

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, February 19, 2020 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

APPLETON - St. Norbert College led by as many as 22 points in the first half and went on to claim a 75-56 win over Lawrence University in a Midwest Conference game at Alexander Gym.

The Green Knights (21-3, 16-1 MWC), ranked No. 20 in the Top 25, have won 20 of their last 21 games and extended their winning streak against the Vikings to 22 consecutive games,.

St. Norbert trailed 3-2 in the early going but went on an 11-0 run to take control. Jacob Bolwerk got the run started with a jumper and Wade Geenen buried a 3-pointer. Connor Curtis followed wth a pair of free throws, while Nolan Beirne had a couple of baskets for a 13-3 lead just 4 1/2 minutes in. Lawrence cut the deficit to 18-11 with 8:57 left in the half but St. Norbert then went on a 17-2 run to take a 35-13 lead. Josh Nicklaus' 3-pointer ignited the run, which included four points by Curtis and six from Jared Murphy. The Green Knights settled on a 42-24 lead at halftime.

Lawrence opened the second half on a 12-2 run to get to within 44-36 with 14:55 left, but St. Norbert answered with a layup by Murphy and a pair of 3-pointers from Murphy and Michael Payant for a 52-38 lead with 11:08 to go. The Green Knights held a double-digit lead the rest of the way, eventually getting ahead by 20 points at 67-47 on a Joe Ciriacks hoop with 5:14 to play.

St. Norbert shot 28-for-63 (44.4 percent) from the floor and 10-for-30 (33.3 percent) from beyond the three-point arc. Curtis and Murphy led the Green Knights with 13 points apiece, while Payant added 10 points. The Green Knights, who had just six turnovers, outrebounded the Vikings 38-29.

Lawrence shot 35.8 percent (19-for-53) from the floor and was 11-for-32 (34.4 percent) from beyond the three-point arc. Brad Sendell finished with 22 points, while Bryce Denham added 12 points.

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