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Green Knights Tie Regular-Season Win Mark With Victory Over Monmouth

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, February 22, 2020 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College tied a school record for regular-season wins at 22 with a 71-62 victory over Monmouth College in a Midwest Conference game at Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center.

The Green Knights (22-3, 17-1 MWC), who have won 22 of their last 23 games, matched the 22 regular-season wins posted by the 2013-14 and 2014-15 squads. St. Norbert will host the Midwest Conference Tournament next Friday and Saturday, with the Green Knights facing Cornell College in one semifinal and Ripon College meeting Lake Forest College in the other.

St. Norbert got off to a hot start, taking a 9-2 lead out of the gate. A 7-0 run during the opening moments was fueled by a 3-pointer and hoop from Nolan Beirne and a basket by Jacob Bolwerk. Monmouth would cut its deficit down to 11-9 but the Green Knights would go on a 10-2 run to open up a 21-11 lead. Joe Ciriacks and Jared Murphy canned 3-pointers, followed by a pair of Murphy free throws and a basket by Michael Payant.

The Green Knights eventually led 29-13 with 8:00 left in the half after a jumper from Beirne, but the Fighting Scots would go on a 10-0 run to get back into the game. St. Norbert would open the lead back up to 13 points after a Wade Geenen 3-pointer made it 38-25 with 3:14 left, but Monmouth would get to within 40-31 at halftime.

Monmouth would get to within five points on five different occasions in the second half, but the Green Knights would get the next points each time. The Fighting Scots trailed 63-58 with 4:46 left, but a pair of Connor Curtis free throws stemmed the tide and started a 7-0 run that saw St. Norbert take a 70-58 lead with 1:20 left.

St. Norbert shot 42.6 percent (26-for-61) from the floor. Curtis led the Green Knights with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Beirne added 14 points and Murphy 13 points.

Monmouth shot 49.1 percent (27-for55) from the floor. D.J. Swift had a game-high 20 points and Trey Swearingen added 10 points for the Fighting Scots.

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