Shortly after a loss to Beloit, Ripon College head men’s basketball coach Ryan Kane told his players they would blow out opponents when the team is clicking offensively and playing with the type of effort that it has shown in games this season.

   Never was that more evident than last week Saturday, when the Red Hawks demolished the Lawrence Vikings 95-53 on the road.

   Ripon (10-4 conference, 14-7 overall) jumped out to a 53-24 lead over the Vikings (5-9 conference, 5-12 overall) and stretched the advantage to 41 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

   The victory marked its fifth-straight win since losing to Beloit 61-55 on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

   It won those five games, four of which came against teams that are among the top-five teams in the Midwest Conference, by an average of 26.8 points per game.

   “Regardless of how well we played offensively ... we met the standard that we’re trying to play to on the defensive end of the floor,” Kane said, noting Lawrence didn’t get to 60 points and was held to a percentage (34.5) from the floor that he liked to see.

   The 34.5% (20 of 58) from the field is the second-lowest percentage Lawrence has shot this season.

Read the full story, which includes information on a win over Lake Forest, in the Feb. 13, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.