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.