Two weeks ago, the Ripon College men’s basketball team ended St. Norbert’s NCAA Division III record 72-game conference winning streak with an 81-55 victory.
It wasn’t able to end another lengthy streak Tuesday night.
The Red Hawks hung around with the Green Knights, who had won 47-consecutive conference home games, for much of the first 30 minutes, before falling 79-62.
A reason for their inability to come away with a win this time had to do with the shot disparity.
“They got 16 more shots than us,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said. “They just hammered us on the glass. We took 49 [shots] to their 65. You give a team 16 more shots, they’re going to win; it doesn’t matter how well you play.”
The Red Hawks (10-3 conference, 14-4 overall) also struggled making the shots they did take in the second half as they were just 29 percent (8 of 28) from the field.
“We were forced to play from the perimeter,” Kane said. “We had no presence in the paint; we couldn’t score in the paint and we didn’t get many of our misses back either. We missed 20 shots in the second half and we got five back.”
Despite shooting poorly in the second half and being out-shot by 16 attempts, Ripon was down just 52-48 with a little less than 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Read the full story, which includes information on wins over Illinois College and Beloit, in the Feb. 2, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.