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Men seeded second: Scots still top contender after tough losses

January 30, 2015

Breyanna Floyd / The Courier - Freshman Will Jones put up 11 points for the Scots at home against St. Norbert College on Saturday.

On Saturday, the Fighting Scots men’s basketball team came up short against St. Norbert College in a matchup between the number one and two teams in the Midwest Conference.

Even with double digits scored by four of the team’s players, the Scots couldn’t defeat the Knights and fell behind for most all the game. Blea said as a whole the team never gave up, but a low free throw percentage and some lapses in defense allowed for St. Norbert to edge out a victory.

Junior Nick Marema and freshman Riley Blea each had 12 points apiece, while fellow freshman Will Jones was just behind with 11 and junior Jon Calhoun with 10.

It was another disappointing loss on Tuesday for the team when a close game against Knox College lead to the second loss in a row for the Scots. Coming off of an eight-game winning streak Monmouth is looking to clean up game play.

After taking the lead 69-67 with seconds left in the game, Knox got the ball back after a Monmouth turnover. It was game over when two free throws from the Prairie Fire sealed the score at 71-67. Junior Cole Tatge knows the team has to and will continue to work hard.

“We are one of the top teams in the conference and every team is going to bring their best when they play us. We have to be mentally and physically prepared everyday we step on the court,” Tatge said.

The Scots head to Lake Forest, Illinois this Saturday to square off against the Foresters for the second time this season.

The Scots are three games behind St. Norbert in the Midwest Conference and are only one game ahead of Ripon College. Earlier in the season, Monmouth defeated the Foresters 67-57 and looks ahead to another win and to put these last two games in the rear window.

“This game is a long process and we know that our hard work and determination to be a good team is going to eventually pay off,” said Blea.

Erica Anderson
Courier Sports Editor

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