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A stepping stone season

January 24, 2014

The Monmouth College men’s basketball team’s record may not reflect much of a difference from a year ago, but they are improving. They only need two wins in their final nine games to match the win total from a year ago. In the midst of those nine games are four teams the Fighting Scots have beaten earlier this season. But, enough of where they could be. For now, let’s see how they got there.

The 2013-14 Scots entered the season returning 13 letter winners and three starters from the previous season. Three sophomores, forward Ben Friday and guards Nick Marema and John Calhoun led a young but experienced cast into the season.

Throughout 14 games, the Scots are 5-9 overall, which includes a 4-5 record in Midwest Conference (MWC) play. At this point in the season they are one game ahead of last season’s pace. Offensive production has been the theme of the season thus far. The Scots are averaging 75.8 points per game, higher than the 70.8 average a year ago. Scoring has been done by committee with 5 players averaging more than 9 points per game.

In a 93-90 overtime win over Eureka College, Marema scored 31 points on his own. Andrew Mathison posted a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds, in an 81-91 loss to the University of Dubuque followed by a 25 point performance in the Scots first MWC game against Ripon College which they won 90-82. Again at home, Marema hit for 30 points against Beloit College.

Ten MWC teams are fighting for four spots in the upcoming Midwest Conference tournament. Nine teams are separated by three games. Monmouth’s 4-5 record has them sitting two games out of second in the standings. Their final 9 games are against MWC opponents. The Scots have a 4-4 record this season against teams left on the schedule (they haven’t played one opponent: Lawrence University).

The Scots have three games remaining at Glennie Gymnasium, where they hold a 4-5 record. They welcome the nation’s top scoring team in Grinnell College on Jan.28, Illinois College on Feb. 5 and Knox College on Feb. 11.

Ace Henricks
Contributing Writer

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