Scots beat the devil out of Eureka
November 22, 2013
Kelsi Ford / The Courier - Andrew Mathison defends as the Scots went on to defeat Eureka College 93-90.
The men’s basketball team picked up their first win of the young season, besting Eureka College in overtime Saturday. Trailing 76-71 with 3:33 left, Ben Friday connected on a pair of close range jumpers to bring the deficit to one. The Scots had only 45 seconds to cover a three-point gap but Nick Marema drained the distant shot to tie the game. Monmouth had an opportunity to win it in regulation with Jon Calhoun’s last second steal, but Chad Thompson missed the jumper as regulation concluded, forcing overtime. The Red Devils sent the Scots to the free-throw line eight times in OT which turned out to lethal. With the aid of Narema’s five points, a block and a steal in overtime as well as Thompson’s four rebounds the Scots recorded their first win of the year, 93-90.
Nick Marema dropped 31 on Eureka, his biggest game in the 2nd year of his collegiate career. Only three games in, he’s the team’s leading scorer with 15.7 a game, shooting .441 percent. Marema could be primed to be a scoring force after he shot a similar percentage and totaled 8.9 points a game last year. “Nick had a very solid freshman year and we are hoping he can build off of that experience,” said head coach Todd Skrivseth. “If he continues to work hard, Nick can be a guy we can count on for consistent production.”
Tuesday, the team traveled to the University of Dubuque, who the Scots fell to in overtime a year ago. Andrew Matthison kept the Scots in the game in the first half, shooting three for five from the floor and bringing in seven rebounds. Team shooting cooled down in the second, making only .342 of their shots and two for eight from the arc. Still, the Scots were able to keep it close with offensive rebounding and converting at the free throw line, going 14 for 15 in the second half. Unfortunately, there was no remedy for Dubuque’s poison. Dubuque shot .593 in the second half, .500 from three range to maintain their undefeated record.
Coach Skrivseth was looking for a roster of versatility this season and early signs show that he may have gotten his wish. Three games this season have produced three different high scorers: Ben Friday, Marema, and Mathison. Those three and Cole Jackson are shooting about eleven times a game each. Working with a ten-man rotation, the Scots need production from everyone. “Depth and diversity are important every season but with the emphasis on freedom of movement and the number of fouls being called it is even more important this season,” says Skrivseth. “We feel like we have good depth but the production we see on the court throughout the season will prove if that’s true or not.”
The Scots now fall to 1-2 and will kick off conference play this Saturday afternoon as they host the Ripon Red Hawks in Glennie Gymnasium at 1 p.m.