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Scots sweep the Green Knights

February 9, 2018

Lily Guillen / The Courier

On Saturday, Feb. 3rd, Monmouth defeated St. Norbert 65-56 in DePere, WI for their first season sweep of the Green Knights since the 2004-2005 season. The win also put the Scots in a tie with Lake Forest for the Midwest Conference lead with only four games remaining on the schedule.

Early, it was a tight game as Monmouth was up 17-15 with 10:28 remaining in the first half. But a three by Guard Paul Engo III commenced a 19-4 run for the Scots to take them to the halftime break up 36-19.

Freshman D.J. Swift led the way in scoring as he racked up 11 points off of four for seven shooting performance including three three-point baskets. In the first half, the Scots stifling defense held St. Norbert to a dismal 28.6 percent from the field while also forcing the Green Knights to seven turnovers.

In the second half, St. Norbert went on a 12-0 run to close Monmouth’s lead to one-point with four minutes and fifty-two seconds remaining in the game. But the Scots responded with a run of their own as they outscored the Green Knights thirteen to five over the remaining four minutes of play.

In that time span, Paul Engo III took his game to another level with a chance for first place in the conference on the line. In the closing minutes of the contest, the junior guard made three consecutive layups as well as pulling down two rebounds and getting in the passing lane for a steal that led to a quick scoring opportunity.

Engo III had this to say of the game and his performance, “That win meant everything to me. This was the first time in my college career that we have beat St. Norbert, let alone twice in one season! It was by far a team effort, I just happened to be in the right spot at the right times. We have much more to go, and the fight isn’t won yet!”

The Scots will next take on Lawrence University on Saturday, Feb. 13th, at 1 PM as they looked to finish out the season strong and hold on to the top spot in the Midwest conference.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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