Liam Lesniak releases a shot in the second half of Ripon’s 75-72 loss to Lake Forest.
Liam Lesniak releases a shot in the second half of Ripon’s 75-72 loss to Lake Forest.

   For the second-consecutive game, the Ripon College men’s basketball team struggled around the basket last week Saturday.

   The result was the same as its previous contest: a loss.

   The Red Hawks were edged by Lake Forest in points in the paint 36-26 and offensive rebounds 13-10 en route to a 75-73 home defeat.

   The effort comes four days after they were out-scored 38-14 in the paint by St. Norbert and lost the offensive rebounding battle 14-7.

  “They shot the ball well the first half and we had a hard time securing rebounds,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said of the Foresters. “They did a good job on the offensive glass and it was kind of what plagued us earlier in the week against St. Norbert ... I think they won the battle in the paint and that was what won them the game.”

   Lake Forest (10-4 conference, 12-7 overall) also thrived from behind the 3-point line early in the game as it made 9 of 17 shots from long range in the first half.

   That, along with the dominance inside, helped it take a 45-33 lead into the locker room over Ripon (11-3 conference, 15-4 overall).

   The Foresters did cool off in the second half as they were just 1 of 7 from behind the 3-point line.

Read the full story, which includes information on a valiant comeback effort, in the Feb. 9, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.