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Pioneers throttle MC

February 15, 2013

On the heels of a thrilling double-overtime victory against Knox College, the Scots hoped to continue their hot shooting against third-place Carroll last Saturday, Feb. 9.

However, with early frigid shooting, Carroll fought off an early Scots charge for an 82-45 victory at Van Male Field House.

Monmouth only managed to convert two field goals in the first 12 minutes of the game; Mike DeDecker’s three-pointer at the 17:42 mark gave the Scots their only lead of the night. At that point Monmouth led 4-2, but Carroll would hit 13 of their next 20 shots, fueling a 38-20 run to lead 40-24 at the break.

“Our defense was not good at all, we let them get to the basket entirely too easily,” said DeDecker. “They got the ball into their bigs, causing the guards to help down and they got more kick outs to the perimeter for open jumpers.”

The lone bright spot for the Scots was senior center Wes Dukeman, whose 12 first-half points kept the visitors within striking distance at the break.

Carroll’s impressive shooting performance continued after halftime. The Pioneers hit their first four shots of the second half, jumping out to a 20 point edge, all but putting the game away.

Monmouth again struggled to find the nylon in the second half, connecting on only eight of 25 field goals, and a Chad Thompson three-ball was the Scots’ only basket from beyond the arc in the second twenty minutes. DeDecker attributes his team’s cold shooting to Carroll intensity.

“They came out playing aggressive defense,” said DeDecker. “They stopped us from running our offense and getting the ball inside, we couldn’t execute many plays. Ball movement was stagnant, a lot of standing around.”

After Monmouth closed to within 59-37 at the 8:05 mark, Carroll turned up the heat, hitting nine of their final twelve shots while limiting the Scots to eight points in the final eight minutes. Closing the game on a 23-8 run, the Pioneers captured the win, 82-45. Carroll improved third in the MWC, two games behind Grinnell and St. Norbert at 12-5.

Monmouth fell to 5-12 in the league, tied for ninth place. Saturday, Feb. 16 marks Senior Day for the Scots; they play host to Lake Forest for a 5 p.m. tip-off.

Kyle McEwen
Sports Editor

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