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Scots beat Knox, sweep season series

January 29, 2016

Michelle Ravel - The Courier

The Knox College Prairie Fire traveled to Glennie Gymnasium Tuesday night as the Fighting Scots men rolled to a 78-61 win. With the win, the Scots improve to 10-6 overall and 7-5 in conference play to stay in fourth place. Monmouth is holding onto hope for a Midwest Conference Tournament appearance.

“We picked up a good win in a rivalry game,” said assistant coach Steve Schweer. “Now we have some momentum going for us, and at 10-6 overall and 7-5 in league play, we are tied for 4th place. We are definitely still in a position to control our own destiny in terms of earning a spot in the conference tournament.”

Monmouth dominated the boards in the first half with 19 boards compared to the Prairie Fire’s 9. The Scots emerged to a 15-point lead a couple times in the first half, but Knox closed the gap entering half time down seven.

The Fighting Scots’ lead in the second half never got below six and they cruised to a 17-point win. Sophomore guard Will Jones charted 15 points, 8 boards and 5 steals in 34 minutes of action to lead the Scots. Ben Friday also chipped in with 7 points and 9 boards.

“As a team, we still plan on making the conference tournament and competing for a spot in the national tournament,” said senior Matt Jahola. “We have to finish our season strong in order to do that.”

Michelle Ravel - The Courier

On Saturday, the Scots traveled to De Pere, WI where they faced a big challenge at conference unbeaten St. Norbert. The Scots’ defense held St. Norbert to only 33 points in the first half as they entered the locker room down 11.

The Scots began the second half suffering an 18-3 run by the Green Knights. The Knights’ lead grew to 28 points in the middle of the second half leaving the Scots with too big a deficit to overcome as they fell 56-73. The Scots were led by Jahola, who managed 9 points and 6 boards.

“We started the game with a lot of awareness on defense,” said Jahola, “but we had a hard time getting good looks against Norbert’s defense.”

The Scots are looking to build some momentum as the season closes down and are in hopes of making the Midwest Conference Tournament and ultimately make the Division III NCAA Tournament.

“Our goal right now remains the same,” said Schweer. “That is to work as diligently as possible to improve each and every day, and work towards putting together a complete 40 minutes every night we compete for the remainder of our schedule.”

The Fighting Scots will take on the Foresters from Lake Forest this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Glennie Gymnasium. Lake Forrest is 9-7 overall and 7-5 in the conference. It will be an important game for both teams as they are each gunning for a shot in the Conference Tournament.

C.J. Gillen
Sports contributor

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