St. Norbert Survives Road Overtime Test at Beloit

From Sports Information Director, January 30, 2010 | Men's Basketball
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

BELOIT - St. Norbert College survived a challenge from a hot-shooting Beloit College squad to post a 77-69 overtime win in a Midwest Conference game at Flood Arena.

The Green Knights, ranked 12th by D3hoops.com, improved to 16-1 overall and 10-0 in the Midwest Conference in extending their winning streak to nine. Beloit dropped to 5-12, 3-7.

St. Norbert had to withstand a Beloit charge in the second half, when the Buccaneers canned 14 of 21 field-goal attempts. Neither team led by more than five points in the second half, and Beloit's Michael Horton connected on a 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining to force overtime at 65-65.

Beloit scored four of the overtime's first six points, leading 69-67 with 2 minutes 53 seconds to play. But St. Norbert would get six consecutive defensive stops from there to close out the game. Dave Wipperfurth's jumper with 2:42 left tied the game at 69-69, and Paul Mallers' layup with 2:19 left put the Green Knights ahead 71-69. John Taylor's basket and two free throws and Wipperfurth's two charity tosses finished out the overtime scoring. St. Norbert shot 4-for-5 from the floor in overtime, while Beloit was 1-for-7.

Beloit got some confidence early, taking a 24-14 lead 11 minutes into the game after consecutive 3-pointers from Travis Towns and Patrick Kenny. St. Norbert would go on a 14-0 run from there to take a 28-24 lead with 4:27 left in the first half, capped off by Wipperfurth's 3. The Green Knights also closed out the first half on a 7-0 run, getting a 3-pointer from Chris Peterson with 3 seconds left for a 35-29 halftime lead.

St. Norbert finished the game shooting 28-for-60 (46.7 percent) from the floor. Peterson led St. Norbert with 18 points, while Taylor added 17 and Wipperfurth and Mallers each had 14. The Green Knights held a commanding 40-23 rebounding advantage, which led to 19-2 edge in second-chance points.

David Bremner led Beloit with 20 points, while Towns had 15 and Horton 13. The Buccaneers finished the game shooting 50.9 percent (27-for-53) from the floor, including 10-for-19 (52.6 percent) from beyond the three-point arc.

St. Norbert also had the edge at the free-throw line, making 18 of 24 attempts. Beloit was just 5-for-8 at the line.