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Scots tied for first in conference

January 26, 2018

Lily Guillen / The Courier

The Fighting Scots had a couple big conference wins this past week, defeating Grinnell College followed by an impressive win against Lake Forest keeping the Scots tied for first with St. Norbert at the top of the Midwest Conference. Grinnell is known for their high-powered offense but was held 40 points under their season average as Monmouth was able to hold off the Pioneers, winning 84-79. The defensive performance was largely credited to senior Justin Aluya who tallied five blocks along with two steals in last Wednesday’s matchup.

On the offensive end, it was Stephon Bobbitt coming off the bench and contributing his career-best 23 points for the Fighting Scots. Aluya would also take care of business on the offensive end, converting eight of his seventeen field goals and piling up a total of 26 points on the way to victory. It was a close game throughout and a game with many lead changes. Monmouth’s biggest lead came in the first half as they led Grinnell around the eight-minute mark by 12 points, with the Pioneers trimming the lead to just four points at the half. Halfway through the second half, Grinnell would lead by as much as ten points.

This past Saturday the Scots faced a tough Midwest Conference opponent in the Lake Forest Foresters to remain tied for first place in the conference. It was a game that was so evenly matched that the two teams stayed within reach of each other the whole game. Monmouth never trailed by more than five points and they never led by more than nine.

It was a spectacular defensive performance for Monmouth as they held Lake Forest’s leading scorer Eric Porter to just 4-11 shooting from the field, which limited Lake Forest on offense the whole game. The Scots recorded nine total steals in the game and were able to convert on easy baskets following the turnovers all game. Senior Paul Engo shot the ball at an impressive 8-11 from the field to help the Fighting Scots shoot a very respectable 48 percent from the field as a team. Senior Will Jones would lead the Scots with 18 points to go with four assists, one block, and one steal.

Monmouth has one more game this week here on campus on Saturday, the 27th, against Beloit College.

Luke Long
Contributing Writer

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