The Ripon College men’s basketball team took Lawrence’s best shot Tuesday night in Appleton.
But it was up to the challenge.
The Red Hawks withstood a flurry of 3-pointers early in the second half to pull away for an 83-67 victory over the Vikings.
The win marks their 10th-straight victory against their rivals.
“They were throwing all their punches they could at us,” said Ripon head coach Ryan Kane, who has yet to lose to the Vikings in his five years at the helm. “They made 14 3-[pointer]s and they took 21 ... in the second half alone. The key with that is we didn’t give them a lot of those misses back.”
Another reason why the Red Hawks (14-3 conference, 17-5 overall) were able to overcome the long-range shots in the second half was the play of Ty Sabin.
The senior, who moved into second place in Midwest Conference history for career scoring a game earlier, finished with a game-high 34 points on 11-of-18 shooting.
This included scoring 13-straight points for Ripon in a span of less than four minutes after the Vikings cut the deficit to nine.
The run gave Ripon a 16-point advantage and it cruised from there.
Read the full story, which includes information on win over Lawrence from earlier in the week, as well as a victory against Illinois College, in the Feb. 16, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.