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Scots light up Prairie Fire

February 14, 2014

Monmouth College Photo - Monmouth defeated Knox by a score of 93-76.

The Monmouth College men’s basketball team halted their nine-game losing streak against longtime foe, Knox College on Tuesday. The Scots only trailed the Prairie Fire briefly in the first half before sophomore Cole Jackson led a scoring onslaught. Jackson went nine for 12 from the field in the first half as well as going two for three from 3-point territory and racked up 20 points before the half.

“For me to create my own shot was a big reason for my first half,” said Jackson. “Our point guards did a great job of driving to the hoop and kicking the ball out for jump shots for our wings.” This is the 17th game this season where Jackson scored in double figures. Monmouth as a team went on an 18-4 run to end the half in what would be one of their best shooting games of the season, .587 from the floor and .526 from 3-point territory. Knox trailed by as much as 31 points and owns the worst scoring differential in the conference. This was the second meeting of the teams this season, although the last game two months ago in Galesburg was a much closer affair with the Scots pulling ahead 74-70. Monmouth improved to a 5-11 conference record, meanwhile Knox is still looking for their first conference win, owning a record of 0-15.

Monmouth and Knox both sit at the bottom of the Midwest Conference with no hope for a berth in the conference tournament although Head Coach Todd Skrivseth has emphasized that this Monmouth team is focused on the process of improving the team for the future. Despite their record the team is loaded with young talent. For example, Monmouth is the second leading rebounding team in the conference, led by sophomore Andrew Mathison the conference’s second leading individual rebounder, pulling down 7.2 a game. And with 587 field goals the 2013-14 team is one basket away from scoring more field goals than any Monmouth team than in the last 6 years.

The Scots’ next contest will be against a worthy adversary when they take to the road to play the Carroll Pioneers. Carroll has a tournament berth on the line in their last two games, one against Monmouth another against 6-9, Beloit. They are currently sitting as the fourth and last seed to qualify for the post-season but Illinois College and Lawrence are nipping at their heels, both only sitting 1.5 games back. The Scots will conclude their season February 22, when they will travel to take on Lake Forest.

Cameron Line
Sports Editor

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