Monmouth falls to Grinnell
December 5, 2012
Despite leading by nine at the half, Monmouth dropped their second straight game Tuesday night, falling to Grinnell 107-99. Monmouth scored the first six points of the contest and trailed by no more than a point in the first twenty minutes. An 12-6 run to open the second half gave the Scots a 64-49 advantage with 17:50 to go, but from that point forward Grinnell took control. Pioneer forward Jesse Ney hit three three-pointers in the following three minutes to spark a 29-12 run; with 9:07 left the Pioneers were in front for good, outscoring the Scots in the second stanza 64-47. Junior forward Aaron Levin paced Grinnell in scoring with 23 points, including four three-pointers after halftime which keyed a Pioneer charge. Freshman guard Jon Calhoun led six Scots in double figures with 20 points. Grinnell guard Jack Taylor, whose highly publicized 138-point effort earlier in the season set an NCAA all-division single-game record for points scored, managed only 12 points, going 1-7 from beyond the arc. With the win Grinnell improves to 6-1, 3-0 in Midwest Conference play, while Monmouth drops to 1-4, 1-2 in the MWC. The Scots host Carroll on Saturday, game time scheduled for 3 p.m.