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Fighting Scots fall late to Red Hawks

February 8, 2013

Despite holding a ten-point second half lead, the Scots basketball team fell to Ripon last Saturday, 75-74. Twenty-five points from Mike DeDecker for the second straight game were not enough as Monmouth tallied its fifteenth loss of the year in heartbreaking fashion.

Leading by eight at the half, Ripon extended its advantage to ten at the 15:28 mark. Over the next ten minutes, the Scots exploded for a 33-13 run to take a ten point lead; a Chad Thompson three-ball with five and a half minutes left made the score Monmouth 67, Ripon 57.

Once again, the Scots found themselves firmly in command in the final minutes. Ripon forced their way back to within one after five points from leading scorer Taylor Koth and two free throws from Kyle Loughrin.

In eerily similar fashion to the Beloit game, Monmouth would have two chances to win it in the final seconds. When Thompson missed a three-pointer with 52 seconds left, Taylor Koth scored to put the Red Hawks up 73-72.

DeDecker then marched down the floor and scored off glass to put the Scots on top for the final time with twelve seconds on the clock. Koth then knifed through Monmouth’s defense, scoring the game winner with seven seconds to go.

The Scots executed a set inbounds play to get DeDecker an open shot, but his jumper rimmed out, giving Ripon the one-point win. Head coach Todd Skrivseth says another late loss isn’t lost on his young team.

“We did a much better job on the glass in the second half,” said Skrivseth. “It’s nice to see our team make some improvements. Hopefully we’re learning some important lessons this season that will make us a better team in years to come.”

The Fighting Scots head to Carroll University to face the Pioneers this Saturday, Feb. 9; tip-off is at 5 p.m.

Kyle McEwen
Sports Editor

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