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Scots historic season ends

March 16, 2018

Lily Guillen / The Courier

The Scots lost to Wisconsin-Platteville 91-76 in the first round of the Division III NCAA tournament.

Facing one of the top teams in all of D3 basketball, Monmouth fell behind early. The Platteville Pioneers jumped out to a 12-2 lead before the Scots settled into the game. Guard Will Jones nailed a three-pointer with 14:57 remaining in the first half to cut the Pioneers lead to five.

The majority of the opening half was back and forth as Platteville’s lead hovered around five. With under five minutes remaining in the half, the Pioneer’s went on a ten to two run capped off on a jumper by Robert Duax to put them up by thirteen with three and a half minutes remaining.

The Scots would roar back to close the half as they answered with an eleven to one run to go to the halftime break down 39-36.

Monmouth exploded out of the halftime break. The Scots started the half on twelve to three runs as they found themselves on top 48-42 with just under seventeen minutes remaining in the game.

The Pioneers responded though with an eleven to one run to put them on top for good. The Scots remained within single-digits until the game got under the four-minute mark, it was at that point that the Scots appeared to run out of gas.

Platteville went on a nine to zero run to take a 78-65 lead with under three and half minutes remaining in the game. The Scots would foul in an attempt to close the gap, but the deficit would prove too large to overcome.

Monmouth finished their historic season with a 20-8 record that saw the Scots win the Midwest Conference for the first time since 1990.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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